New Maersk route to Asia bypassing the Suez Canal

New Maersk route to Asia bypassing the Suez Canal

A new multimodal service AE19 Eastbound has been launched from North European countries to Asia via St. Petersburg, the press service of the Eastern Stevedoring Company (VSK) reports. It is organized by the Danish shipping company Maersk in cooperation with the specialized port terminal operator Global Ports.

The first transit train, consisting of 37 twenty-foot containers, with lumber and chemical products, was sent from St. Petersburg’s First Container Terminal on March 28. The freight train arrived at Vostochny port on April 10. At the VSK terminal, the containers will be loaded onto ships and delivered by sea to South Korea and Japan.

The service is planned to be made regular. It is assumed that trains from the First Container Terminal will depart twice a month.

The main advantage of the new AE19 Eastbound service is the reduction in delivery time, emphasized in VSK. According to Maersk estimates, the total transit time from Northern Europe to Korea and Japan will be about 23-32 days, depending on the specific departure and destination points, while for sea transportation through the Suez Canal this period was 52-57 days.