Update on Qatar

Dear Valued Customer,

Please be advised that as of yesterday 5th June 2017, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and today 6th June 2017, Yemen cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Consequently, DP World Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi Terminals no longer accept cargo to/from Qatar ports (including transshipment cargo). In compliance with the above guidelines we are ceasing cargo acceptance between Qatar and the above countries with immediate effect.

Further to above, we have temporarily closed bookings for cargo from rest of the world that transship over Jebel Ali. We are working on alternative solutions to ensure movement of your cargo in compliance with above guidelines. We expect to communicate these solutions to you over the coming 48 hours.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your local sales or customer service representative.

Best Regards,

Maersk Line, Limited

ADVISORY: SOLAS – Verified Gross Mass Initiative

Please see the below information regarding the SOLAS weight initiative which is currently schedule to begin on Friday, July 1, 2016:


The SOLAS weight initiative is an industry sponsored enterprise focused on ensuring safety. Certified weights eliminate the accidents caused by mis-declared container weight as well as provide assurance to different parties in the supply chain. Ultimately, this improves safety of the workforce, vessels, terminals, and equipment.


The SOLAS weight initiative is currently scheduled to begin on Friday, July 1, 2016. NOTE: cargo that has loaded prior to July 1, 2016 but is transshipping will need to have a VGM submitted prior to initial load at the first load port to meet VGM requirements.

For North American ports, the Maersk Line VGM deadline will be noon the day of vessel cut off. Please note that some terminals are requiring a VGM prior to gate in at the terminal:

Long Beach – Pier A
Long Beach – Pier T
Los Angeles – APL
New Orleans – Ceres
Newark – PNCT


An EDI Message Implementation Guide has been developed by Maersk to assist interested EDI partners in developing and implementing the VERMAS/D16A VERMAS message. Should you be interested in an EDI based VGM solution please contact sales@mllnet.com

The maerskline.com solution is scheduled to launch the end of this month. We should then have further communication on what it will look like in order to better prepare customers at that time.

Email/Manual Communication
Please submit the timely VGM usflag.support@maersk.com.


For additional information please contact your local sales representative or visit the World Shipping Council website: http://www.worldshipping.org/industry-issues/safety/cargo-weight.


Maersk Line, Limited

Port Situation: MECL Maersk Detroit will omit Port Said call

A serious incident occurred at the terminal in Port Said, Egypt when the vessel Cosco Hope hit port crane QC17 during maneuvering. As a result, the crane collapsed and resulting in suspension of operations impacting the below vessels:

– Maersk Detroit – will omit the Port Said call
– Cap Harvey – revised connection time unknown
– Egy Glory – revised connection time unkown
– Extraloader HS Discoverer – diverted to Damietta

Port Said operations are returning to normal as of Thursday.

Please Read: SOLAS Starts July 1, 2016

SOLAS stands for Safety of Life at Sea. In order to improve the safety of the workforce, vessels and equipment, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has passed a new amendment that focuses on verifying container weight for all shippers. This regulation goes into affect on July 1, 2016. Please see the link below for detailed information about SOLAS. You can also click on the SOLAS tab at the top right of the home page to download our presentation.

Thank you.

VGM Overview

Change of Designation of Exigency Areas (USC07)

Valued clients,

Effective from April 8th, the following locations are no longer considered Exigency Areas:

• Libya
• Senegal
• Liberia
• Ghana
• Sierra Leone
• Gambia
• Guinea-Bissau
• Cote d’Ivoire

Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan continue to remain as Exigency Areas. Please contact your dedicated Maersk Line, Limited representative if you have questions.

Thank you.

Terminal change in Antwerp for Transatlantic Services

Dear Valued Customer,

In order to continue to provide you with a high level of service and to maintain a sustainable product, Maersk Line has changed the terminal in Antwerp for Transatlantic services (TA1, TA2, TA3, TA4B, Canada Express).

The change is effective as of week 18.

Old Terminal: Delwaidedok (Q730)
New Terminal: Deurganckdock (Q1742)

We thank you for your kind cooperation and understanding.

If you have any questions or concerns about your shipments affected by this increase, please do not hesitate to contact your local Maersk Line representative.

With best regards

Maersk Line