Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line and NYK Line have decided
to terminate their joint service cooperation in the Asia to South
Africa - South America East Coast Service (ASAS/NGX) as from April
2008. Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line have agreed to continue the
cooperation after NYK's withdrawal.
The joint Hamburg Süd
/Maersk Line service will henceforth be
carried out by ten new buildings of the Monte Class with a nominal
capacity of 5500 TEU which are specifically designed to operate in
the Latin American trades
The service pattern will be as follows: Nagoya - Yokohama - Pusan
- Shanghai - Hong Kong - Singapore - Tanjun Pelapas - Durban -
Sepetiba - Santos - Buenos Aires - Rio Grande - Itajai/Sao Francisco
do Sul - Paranagua - Santos - Port Elizabeth - Durban - Singapore -
Hong Kong - Nagoya.
Other ports in Asia and South America East Coast will be covered
in transhipment by either dedicated feeder services or connecting to
the Lines' existing service networks which will guarantee the most
comprehensive trade coverage as well as competitive transit-times in
all trade segments.
The new vessels will be phased in over a period of eight months
during which the Lines will complement the service with a sufficient
number of additional smaller vessels to ensure providing the trade
with the required weekly frequency and capacity without interruption.