The ocean carrier Maersk Line has switched from calling Mombasa in favor of a new call at Dar es Salaam and slowed down its Mombasa Express service between the Middle East and East Africa, increasing roundtrip voyage time from 28 days to 35 days.
The carrier has also changed the name of the service from the Mombasa Express to the Dar Express.
This move closely follows Maersk’s matching decision to speed up its Middle East-East Africa Masiika Express and switch it from calling Dar es Salaam to calling Mombasa (reported by American Shipper May 2
Transit times on the renamed Dar Express loop have increased by about seven days southbound from the Middle East to East Africa, taking 19 days from Maersk’s major Middle East hub in Salalah, Oman to Dar es Salaam. The revised rotation of the Dar Express is Salalah, Dar es Salaam, and Salalah.
The service is currently operated with four Maersk vessels with an average capacity of 1,898 TEUs.
Maersk only offers one other service with a direct call at Dar es Salaam, its dedicated Tanjung Pelepas-Mombasa and Dar es Salaam service Mashariki Express, which the carrier recently increased in speed (reported by American Shipper Apr 18
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, Ben Meyer