Cap Preston Makes Maiden Call in Seattle

Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Hamburg Süd's Cap Preston--shown here at the port of Seattle --is the newest addition to the company's Pacific Coast/Australia New Zealand service fleet. Built in 2007, the ship has a nominal capacity of 1,819 TEU and a reefer capacity of 462 plugs. The high reefer capacity of the ship is particularly important given the demand for reefer service between Australia/New Zealand and the Pacific Coast.

Hamburg Süd provides 104 departures annually between the and Australia/New Zealand.  Hamburg Süd offers with its new service between the North American West Coast and / a variety of fast and direct connections between both continents. The smart rotations deliver the trade's best transit times. For example the time between and could be shortened by two days.

The new service will offer three slings deploying a total of 13 container vessels and allows providing service coverage of the total US West Coast.  The Pacific North West String (PNW) will consist of four vessels with a slot capacity of 1,700 TEU. With a fixed-day fortnightly frequency it has the following port rotation: , , , , Tauranga, , , , , , , . It is the trade's only direct port call.

The Pacific Southwest String (PSW-1) will consist of six 2,500 TEU vessels. It is a fixed-day weekly service and makes direct port calls at: , , , , , Tauranga, .

The second Pacific Southwest String (PSW-2) will offer non-stop service from to and from to . Three vessels with a capacity of 1,300 TEU each will be phased into the fixed-day fortnightly "Sydney Express" service.

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