According to MANA,Maersk made its maiden call in the port of Mariel, located approximately 50 km west of the Cuban capital Havana, with the 2,556 teu ER Cape Town on April 22.
The Cuba call is part of an adjusted port rotation of the Danish line’s existing reefer service, which connects northern Europe with Latin America and the Caribbean.
Disembarking from Cork, the CRX southbound service calls Tilbury, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven in northern Europe, before heading across the Atlantic, arriving in Mariel and making further calls in the ports of Big Creek, Belize, and in Panama’s Manzanillo.
The service is also supplemented by a weekly feeder service from Mariel to Santiago in southeast Cuba.
“The launch of our first direct standalone service between Cuba and northern Europe marks our dedication to helping our customers reach new markets, while continuing to enable trade and economic development," said Maersk Line president of Latin America and the Caribbean Omar Shamsie.
“We are very pleased with this development, which also reflects our commitment to the trade.”
Earlier this month, Maersk Line, through its shortsea subsidiary Seago Line, also launched a new service connecting Dublin and Liverpool with the Mediterranean transhipment hub of Algeciras, representing Maersk’s first ever direct service into the Irish Republic's capital and a return to Liverpool after more than a decade.