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Maersk to launch dedicated coastal service in New Zealand

Posted on June 15, 2022

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 its 25 years of operational history in the country, this service will help enhance domestic connection and offer sustainable and flexible supply chain solutions for importers, exporters and domestic distributors.

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

As the world is still experiencing serious consequences of Covid-19 on global supply chains with unprecedented delays and reduced carrying capacity, Maersk Coastal Connect is designed to respond proactively to the continued challenges. Meanwhile, this initiative is a greener solution compared with other freight transport modes in New Zealand.

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

*Timaru, Nelson and Tauranga = Weekly Coverage | Auckland and Nelson = fortnightly coverage

About A.P. Moller – Maersk

A.P. Moller – Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify customers’ supply chains. As a global leader in container logistics services, the company employs approximately 95.000 people and operates in 130 countries. Please check the website for more details.


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