The Maersk Group's intra-Asian feeder carrier MCC will become the first carrier to offer its customers a direct service that connects countries such as Russia, Korea, China and Myanmar. According to Alphaliner, the new so-called IA-5 loop will become the by far longest feeder loop run, with ships of just 1,100 teu.
The reason for using these small ships, says Alphaliner, is that the IA-5 loop is a combination of multiple services. First of all, the loop combines local feeder routes to and from ports with severe restrictions in terms of ship sizes and draft, and second, the loop offers multimarket short sea connections in Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Russia.
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