The ocean carrier Maersk Line has speeded up its weekly Europe-to-West Africa WAF7 service, decreasing roundtrip voyage time from 28 days to 21 days.
Transit times have improved by a few days in both directions on the WAF7, now taking six days from the last hub call out of Algeciras to Monrovia, Liberia, and six days from Freetown, Sierra Leone, to the first hub port in at Tangiers, Morocco.
The rotation of WAF7 remains Tangiers, Algeciras, Monrovia, Freetown, and Tangiers. The service is currently operated by three vessels (two from subsidiary Safmarine and one from Maersk) with an average capacity of 1,708 TEUs.
Maersk recently truncated another loop between Europe and West Africa, converting the former North Europe and Mediterranean-to-West Africa WAF6 service into an exclusive West Africa feeder based on Maersk’s West-Mediterranean hubs in Tangiers, Morocco and Algeciras, Spain (reported by American Shipper Sept. 6
). At that time, the carrier also revised two of its other Europe-to-West Africa services, slowing the WAF2 and further speeding up the WAF3 (reported by American Shipper Sept. 4
Since the termination of Maersk’s WAF10 service (reported by American Shipper July 20
), Maersk operates a total of 10 direct weekly services between Tangiers/Algeciras and West Africa including the WAF7, the others being its WAF1, WAF2, WAF3, WAF5, WAF6, WAF8, WAF9, WAF11 and WAF13 loops. None of the other WAF loops, however, call at either Monrovia or Freetown. - ComPair Data
, Ben Meyer