Maersk Line will broaden the coverage of its Straits – New Zealand service next month and add an Australian call to the loop. As of 1 November, the weekly service will start calling at Sydney (Botany Bay) en route to New Zealand. The 2,833 teu JENS MAERSK will inaugurate the new call.
In spite of the extra call, the service will continue to turn in 35 days with a fleet of five ships. The revised rotation stands as follows: Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Sydney, Nelson, Wellington, Tauranga, Tanjung Pelepas.
The service originates from the split of Maersk Line’s previous ‘Northern and Southern Star’ butterfly loop, which the carrier split into two separate operations in July.
The other loop will remain unchanged and it continues to serve Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Brisbane, Auckland, Lyttelton, Otago (Port Chalmers), Tanjung Pelepas.
The Mediterranean Shipping Company will add a call at Auckland to its weekly Straits to Australia and New Zealand service ‘Capricorn’. The 2,770 teu charter vessel CAPE MADRID will be the first ship of the loop to visit Auckand’s Fergusson Terminal on 5 September.
The revised rotation of the loop stands as follows: Singapore, Jakarta, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Bluff, Otago (Port Chalmers), Timaru, Lyttelton, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, Brisbane, Singapore.
The ‘Capricorn’ is an MSC standalone operation. It turns in 49 days with a fleet of seven ships in the size range from 2,500 to 4,000 teu.
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’.