The Maersk Line company (Denmark), which is the world's largest container carrier, is excluding the Odesa port from rotation on its Black Sea service on April 1. This is stated in a letter that the company wrote to a client, which was published in social networks.

The letter asked the client to indicate which other port in the region would be suitable for further operation.

"We will stop making ship calls at the port of Odesa in April, and we kindly ask you to decide which alternative unloading port you prefer and inform your foreign partners about your decision: the Chornomorsk port (fishing terminal) or the Yuzhny port (TIS terminal)," the letter from Maersk Line states.

The company did not state its reasons for leaving the port of Odesa.

As reported, container traffic through the Odesa seaport increased by 8.1% to 519,463 TEU in 2017, compared with the previous year.

CMA CGM, one of the world's largest container carriers, ended cooperation with the Chornomorsk seaport in September 2015 and switched to the Ilyichevsk fishing port, which is controlled by Ihor Kolomoiskyi.