Friday, April 1, 2011

Maersk Line Announcement

Maersk Line Offers New Port call Opens Direct Connection to China’s West Pearl River Delta Region

Charlotte, North Carolina (April 1, 2011)  - Maersk Line is pleased to announce a direct port call to the Port of Nansha on the Trans-Pacific 6 (TP6) service to start May 2 with the Mette Maersk westbound call. The Port of Nansha is located southeast of Guangzhou, the third largest city in China.

The West Pearl River Delta region in the Guangdong Province is a major manufacturing area and emerging export area. Direct highway connections from key manufacturing centers such as Foshan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai and Guangzhou and export oriented factories can be made to the port ensuring ease of business and cost savings for customers. The deep water port also has the advantage of minor local weather impacts, less peak season port congestion in comparison to other south china ports and excellent equipment availability for increased service reliability.

The design of the new TP6 service is geared to deliver comprehensive coverage of key markets in Asia and the U.S. west coast and continue to improve upon Maersk Line’s industry leading reliability in the Trans-Pacific trade.

“Maersk Line is very optimistic about adding this new South China gateway to our service portfolio,” said Bill Woodhour, Senior Vice President, Maersk Line North America. “Customers from this western area of the Pearl River Delta will be able to take advantage of the many positive attributes that this port offers.  Customers will experience world-class service reliability, reduced supply chain costs and a reduction in their carbon footprint impact - that is the Nansha advantage.” 

The new rotation east bound will be Tanjung Pelepas, Ho Chi Minh City (Vung Tau), Nansha, Yantian, Hong Kong, Los Angeles with a 15 day transit time from Nansha to the U. S. West Coast.  The new West bound rotation will be Los Angeles, Ningbo, Shanghai, Nansha, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas.

Further details including pro forma schedules and service maps are available at: