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Danish Maersk to launch dedicated coastal service to New Zealand

Maersk is set to launch a dedicated New Zealand coastal service, “Maersk Coastal Connect”, to enable a resilient New Zealand supply chain and improve vessel schedule reliability. The first of its kind for Maersk, this service will improve national connection and offer sustainable supply chain solutions to national importers, exporters and distributors.

By deploying two 2,500 TEU container ships, Maersk Nadi and Maersk Nansha on a weekly basis, New Zealand’s five major ports, namely Timaru, Lyttelton, Nelson, Auckland and Tauranga will be called into the service rotation respectively, improving connectivity and providing easy access. to Maersk’s global network. The combined North to South and South to North capacity will reach 250,000 TEUs each year. Maersk Coastal Connect will begin on July 12, 2022. The service will be operated with a New Zealand crew to support the local community and ensure continued investment in New Zealand, Maersk said in a press release.

As the world continues to experience severe impacts from COVID-19 on global supply chains with unprecedented delays and reduced load capacity, Maersk Coastal Connect is designed to proactively respond to persistent challenges. In the meantime, this initiative is a greener alternative compared to other modes of freight transport in New Zealand.

Maersk is set to launch a dedicated New Zealand coastal service, “Maersk Coastal Connect”, to enable a resilient New Zealand supply chain and improve vessel schedule reliability. The first of its kind for Maersk, this service will improve national connection and offer sustainable supply chain solutions to national importers, exporters and distributors.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in many ways, and one of them in the logistics industry is the growing customer need for more visible and resilient local and global supply chains. By operating two dedicated vessels, we can more efficiently position empty containers in the right places to meet export requirements. At the same time, we are allowing over four days of additional time buffer to reduce the impact of supply chain disruptions, including port congestion, tidal windows, swell, reduced port productivity and lengthening the stay in port. This will ensure seamless connections to our international mainline network and benefit over 2,000 freight owners in the country,” Henrik Jensen, Managing Director of Maersk Oceaniasaid in a statement.

“Sea freight being the most environmentally friendly mode of transport, it has significant potential for reducing CO2 emissions. Based on the GLEC methodology to calculate representative freight volumes, Maersk Coastal Connect is expected to save forty-three thousand tonnes of CO2 per year compared to land-based trucking service, contributing to Maersk’s 2030 targets for reductions significant absolute emissions. Ma Thérèse Blank, Market Manager, Maersk Oceaniasaid.

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