Following Maersk Line’s announcement to withdraw from the US West Coast to Australia and New Zealand trade lane and the joint service offered by CMA CGM, Hamburg Süd and Hapag-Lloyd, it now shows that Maersk will continue to use the service after all.
The Danish carrier will indeed end its involvement in the service’s transpacific leg to the USA, but it will continue to use the loop to connect New Zealand to Australia, through a slot allocation limited to the Auckland, Melbourne, Botany Bay (Sydney) leg.
This participation adds to slots on two intra-New Zealand services – the ‘Kiwi’, operated by MSC and ANL, and the coastal operations of Pacifica. Furthermore Maersk Line slots on a number of small New Zealand to Pacific Islands services, and connects New Zealand to Botany Bay (Sydney), where cargoes can be transhipped to the carrier’s deep sea network.
Maersk Line also maintains an East Coast of North America to ANZ service, operated together with Hamburg-Süd, as well a direct link from New Zealand to Korea and Japan through slots on CMA CGM’s and OOCL’s joint ‘ANZEX’/’NZN’.