2020 August ME1 blanking EB SCL

Dear Customers,

In anticipation of reduction in demand due to summer holidays, Maersk has endeavoured to make a couple of blanked sailings to match demand from North Europe to Indian Subcontinent and Middle East. We aim to minimize the impact to our customers supply chain and provide predictability by securing a service plan and alternative routings upfront.


We will make 2 suspensions of the ME1 service in week 30 and 32 sailing from Europe. The service will run in standard rotation in between. To ensure our customers face as little business disruption, the port calls on the ME1 service will be covered on other services in our network.


If you have further questions, we encourage you to visit www.safmarine.com or liaise with your local Safmarine customer service representative.


Impacted Trade: Europe to Indian Subcontinent and Middle East

Week Service Vessel Voyage First Load Port First port date Last Load Port Last port date
30 ME1 Monte Verde 030E Felixstowe 07/25/2020 Rotterdam 08/03/2020
32 ME1 Susan Maersk 032E Felixstowe 08/08/2020 Rotterdam 08/17/2020


Alternative coverage for ME1 suspension

  • Felixstowe: Covered on AE1
  • Antwerp: Covered on AE7
  • Hamburg: Covered on AE7
  • Bremerhaven: Covered on AE1 and AE5
  • Wilhelmshaven: Transferred to next sailing
  • Rotterdam: Covered on AE1

There will be no or marginal impact on transit times for all destination ports currently served via ME1, except cargo to Jeddah which please take note of the revised transit times for week 30 and 32 departure only:

Antwerp – Jeddah 18 days

Bremerhaven – Jeddah 17 days

Rotterdam – Jeddah 18 days

Felixstowe – Jeddah 24 days with alternative London Gateway AE7 or transferred to the next vessel


We want to thank you for your business and look forward to continuously serving your global transportation needs.



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