As previously announced on linervision, Maersk Line is to reorganise its ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ Star Asia to ANZ butterfly loop into two independent services:
- a Straits – ANZ service served by five Odense-built 4,500 teu high-reefer L-class baby-overpanamax ships
- a Straits – New Zealand service with the following coverage: Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Nelson, Wellington, Tauranga, Tanjung Pelepas.
Contrary to earlier statements, the latter of these will turn in five weeks, not in six weeks. The implementation of the revised pattern is a gradual process, as there will only be one sailing every fortnight during July and August, with weekly sailings ensured as of mid-September only. Hapag-Lloyd confirmed its participation as a slot buyer and will brand the offer as its ‘NZA2’.