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Maersk to launch dedicated coastal service in New Zealand

Maersk is launching a new dedicated New Zealand Coastal Service – “Maersk Coastal Connect”, to enable a more resilient New Zealand supply chain and improve vessel schedule reliability. The first of its kind for Maersk in 25 years of operational history in the country, this service will help improve national connection and offer sustainable and flexible supply chain solutions to national importers, exporters and distributors.

By deploying on a weekly basis two 2,500 TEU container ships, Maersk Nadi and Maersk Nansha, New Zealand’s five main ports*, namely Timaru, Lyttelton, Nelson, Auckland and Tauranga will be called upon respectively in the service rotation, improving connectivity and facilitating 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 start 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.

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 4 days of additional time buffer to reduce the impact of supply chain disruptions including port congestion, tidal windows, swell, lower 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 Oceania

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 to other modes of freight transport in New Zealand.
As sea freight is the most environmentally friendly mode of transport, it has significant potential for reducing CO2 emissions.

My Therese Blank
Market Manager, Maersk Oceania

The additional investment of a dedicated New Zealand shore service, in conjunction with the recent announcement of the construction of a cold chain facility in Hamilton, will create enormous value for customers in the New Zealand market. Maersk’s expanded local product portfolios in coastal shipping, warehousing, cold chain solutions, land delivery and value-added services will connect New Zealand in new ways and improve the global product offering in the country, to further connect and simplify customers’ supply chains and provide integrated services and flexible solutions.

*Timaru, Nelson and Tauranga = weekly coverage | Auckland and Nelson = fortnightly coverage

For more information:
Bonnie Hui Huang
AP Moller – Maersk
Such. : +86 1065351301
Bonnie.Hui.Huang@maersk.com