Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line
announced the formation of a new vessel sharing agreement.
Subject to regulatory approval the two lines will establish a weekly
service from Australia/New Zealand
to the East Coast
Twelve vessels with a nominal capacity of 2,800 TEU and a reefer plug
capacity of 530 plugs will be employed. Each carrier will provide six
In line with our customers' requirements the new service will offer
competitive and faster connection between the main ports in Australia
and New Zealand to and from the U.S. East Coast.
The port rotation will be as follows: Auckland (New Zealand), Sydney
(Australia), Melbourne (Australia), Port Chalmers (New Zealand),
Tauranga (New Zealand), Auckland (New Zealand), Manzanillo (Panama),
Cartagena (Colombia), Savannah (US), Philadelphia (US), Tilbury (UK),
Bremerhaven (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium), Philadelphia (US), Savannah
(US), Balboa (Panama), Auckland (New Zealand).
The North Europe leg (Transatlantic/Europe and Europe/Oceania/Europe)
of this service will only be offered by Hamburg Süd whereas Maersk
Line will maintain its present service from Oceania to North Europe
via Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia.
This new service will replace the existing Hamburg Süd Trident
Service and the current Maersk Line Oceania Service to the U.S. East
Coast. Subject to obtaining regulatory approval the implementation is
scheduled for the end of May early June 2008.