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Maersk to launch NZ coastal shipping service

30 July 2022

Shipping giant Maersk is launching a dedicated New Zealand coastal service to help strengthen the supply chain and improve vessel schedule reliability. It’s the first time the company has offered such a service in the country following 25 years of operation here. The service, Maersk Coastal Connect, will begin on 12 July operated with New Zealand crew.

Two 2500 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container) vessels, Maersk Nadi and Maersk Nansha, will be deployed visiting ports in Timaru, Nelson and Tauranga on a weekly basis and Auckland and Nelson fortnightly. It aims to enhance domestic connection and offer sustainable and flexible supply chain solutions for importers, exporters and domestic distributors. The combined capacity will reach 250,000 TEU each year, the company says.

Maersk Oceania managing director Henrik Jensen says COVID-19 has driven the need for more resilience in the local and global supply chains. “By operating two dedicated vessels, we can position empty containers to the right places more efficiently to meet export requirements.

“At the same time, we are enabling more than four days of additional schedule buffer to reduce impact from the supply chain disruptions, including port congestion, tidal windows, swell, lower port productivity and longer port stay. This will ensure smooth connections to our international ma r network and benefit more than 2000 cargo owners in the country,” Jensen says.

The new service comes on top of the announcement of Government funding support for four other operators to introduce new coastal shipping services.

Source: Transport Talk