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HAMBURG/COPENHAGEN: Hapag-Lloyd is replacing the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) as Maersk’s liner shipping partner beginning in February 2025 when Maersk and MSC part company.

The new alliance, called Gemini Cooperation, will provide 26 mainline services with a fleet pool of around 290 vessels with a combined capacity of 3.4 million containers (TEU) split 60 percent Maersk and 40 percent Hapag-Lloyd.

The cooperation will cover seven trade routes between Asia and the U.S. East and West Coast; Asia-Middle East; Asia-Mediterranean; Asia-North Europe; Middle East-India; Europe and Transatlantic.

“Teaming up with Maersk will help us to further boost the quality we deliver to our customers. Additionally, we will benefit from efficiency gains in our operations and joint efforts to further accelerate the decarbonisation of our industry,” comments Rolf Habben Jansen.

The two companies say they have set schedule reliability above 90 percent once the network is fully operational.

Both companies are committed to the decarbonisation of their fleets and have set an ambitious decarbonisation targets with Maersk aiming for net-zero in 2040 and Hapag-Lloyd in 2045.

In a related move, Maersk has named the world’s first of 18 large methanol fuel-enabled containerships on order "Ane Mærsk" in Ulsan, South Korea. The vessel will enter service in February between Asia and Europe powered by green fuel.

“This series of vessels will have a transformative impact on our ambition to progress on our industry-leading climate ambitions. It is a visual and operational proof of our commitment to a more sustainable industry,” commented A.P. Moller-Maersk CEO Vincent Clerc.

Maersk defines green fuels as producing “low to very low” greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over their life cycle compared to fossil fuels. The company describes “low” as fuels with 65-80 percent reduction in lifetime GHG compared to fossil fuels and “very low” as a fuels with a 80-95 percent life-cycle reduction.
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