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Why the Russians left Maersk Line

This summer, the Russian company Banex, importing bananas from Ecuador, chose no longer to use Maersk Line as its reefer carrier. The decision was taken as the company would have a shorter time of transportation when choosing the competitor Star Reefers, the company says.

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This summer, Banex, importing bananas to Russia from Ecuador, chose to change their carrier of the approximately 15,000 forty feet reefer containers filled with bananas transported by Maersk Line in 2011.

Now, the British company Star Reefers is operating a dedicated service between Ecuador and Saint Petersburg for the Banex clients in ordinary containers onboard reefer ships. Maersk Line used to operate dedicated services called ECUBEX with weekly departures from Ecuador to the Russian parts of the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. Maersk Line transports refrigerated products on an ordinary container ship transporting regular as well as reefer containers cooling down the fruit themselves.

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