The key alteration involves the temporary diversion of the ME2 service via the Cape of Good Hope (COGH).

The revised rotation will be Jebel Ali, UAE – Mundra, India - Jawaharlal Nehru, India - Port Tangier, Morocco – Algeciras, Spain – Salalah, Oman - Jebel Ali, UAE. This means the service will turn in the West Mediterranean and westbound calls to Salalah and Jeddah will be paused until further notice.

The first eastbound sailing to be affected by this change will be the Maersk Gibraltar, which will depart from Port Tangier on 23 January 2024. The first westbound sailing to be affected will depart from Salalah around 4 February 2024.

To mitigate disruption to businesses, the maritime company will utilize the ports of Algeciras and Tangiers for onward connections to northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

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Additionally, a feeder for Valencia, Spain, and Vado, Italy, will be introduced. The company's hubs in Salalah and Jebel Ali will continue to facilitate connections to various locations across the Middle East.

These strategic adjustments aim to enhance predictability and reliability for supply chains operating in this challenging maritime environment. Stakeholders are advised to stay informed about these changes for optimized supply chain management.