Maersk has advised customers that it has entered a long-term operational collaboration with Hapag-Lloyd. Called the ‘Gemini Cooperation’, it will be implemented from February 2025, immediately after the conclusion of the current 2M Alliance.
Maersk says Hapag-Lloyd “is a like-minded partner that shares our ambition and commitment to improving service quality and enhancing the value that we offer our customers.”
The new Gemini network will:
– cover 7 trades: Asia / US West Coast, Asia / US East Coast, Asia / Middle East, Asia / Mediterranean, Asia / North Europe, Middle East – India / Europe and Transatlantic;
– comprise of 26 mainline services. The mainline ocean services will be complemented by a global network of dedicated shuttles centred around owned and/ or controlled transhipment hubs – thereof 14 shuttle services in Europe, 4 in the Middle East, 13 in Asia and 1 in the Gulf of Mexico. These shuttle services will offer a fast connection with flexible capacity between hubs and ports served by shuttle services, and vice versa;
– offer seamless connections to a wide range of transportation products and logistical services, as well as competitive transit times across strategic corridors.
Maersk points out that the 2M Alliance is still a highly reliable network for the East West trades and MSC remains a valuable partner, adding: “We look forward to continued collaboration with MSC between now and the end of the 2M agreement in January 2025, followed by a smooth transition to the new Gemini network.”