Maersk and its sister company, Safmarine have debunked claims that both maritime giants in terms of carrier services have dumped Lagos ports. There were reports suggesting that the two world container carriers are no longer in business with Lagos ports.
Both companies issued separate statements that the shipping lines still have Lagos ports in their radar, and this will continue across their global network despite challenges facing operations at the ports in Lagos.
It will be recalled that port congestions have been a major issue in Lagos ports which many operators have suggested that other ports across the country be put in proper shape and brace up to solve the situation in the country’s maritime sector.
The Customer Advisory issued by Maersk reads: “The West Africa market continues to be dynamic and market demand fluctuates significantly from quarter to quarter. Currently we are experiencing severe delays in Lagos due to highly utilized terminal yards, crane break-downs and long trucking queues. We continue to work proactively with all our terminal partners across West Africa and specifically with Nigerian Ports Authority to assist where possible to mitigate the congestion currently being experienced in Lagos.
“As was communicated in early January, we will like to reiterate some adjustments made to various services across our Far East to West Africa network, to deliver stable and reliable products to our customers. Please find below the service rotations within West Africa before returning to the Far East.”
Maersk said the changes to its service rotation was to ensure “we can continue to call at all West African ports that we have in the past whilst ensuring we limit the impact of the delays on your cargo”.
“Additional to the above mentioned we will continue to call in Lagos with our Middle East product (MESAWA) and our Europe service (WAF6),” Maersk stated further.
The shipping line said it will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate any future changes to its vessel schedules, “as is the norm across our global network”.
On its own, Safmarine, made it known in its Customer Advisory, that its service rotations within West Africa before returning to the Far East include FEW1 serving Cotonou, Abidjan, Tincan and Lome; FEW2 serving Walvis Bay, Apapa, Tema, Apapa and Pointe Noire; and FEW3 serving Tema, Lome, Cotonou, Onne and Walvis Bay.
Maersk is the world’s largest container shipping company by both fleet size and cargo capacity, serving 116 countries. It has more than 31,000 employees. Maersk operates over 786 vessels and has a capacity of 4.1 million.
While Safmarine is present in more than 85 countries and has more than 1200 sailors sailing its services across the globe.