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Maersk to optimise network services in North America

Maersk to optimise network services in North America

The continuing review of Maersk Line's transportation network has led to further changes designed to efficiently move greater volumes on fewer shipping services.
The Transpacific 2 service (TP2) will be phased out at the end of February 2007. The TP2 currently runs a weekly service which calls the ports of Yantian, Shanghai, Busan, Tacoma, Vancouver, Dutch Harbor, and Yokohama. The TP2 has a weekly capacity of 2,500TEU.
Maersk Line will continue to serve the ports by integrating them into its other TP services, specifically TP9, TP6, and TP5. The new deployments will meet customer demand, allow key port coverage, ensure optimal sailing frequency, and enhance schedule reliability. The realignment increases the density of cargo on the more efficient replacement routes and reduces the complexity of the network and services provided. Larger vessels will replace some of the smaller ships that had been deployed on the routes.
"A combination of rapidly escalating costs and the growing trade imbalance is putting significant financial pressure on carriers in the Pacific. As fuel costs rise, freight rates trend down, and the contribution to round trip compensation from export revenues continuing to shrink, a negative trend in profitability has emerged that is not sustainable," said Vicent Clerc, vice president of Maersk Line area line management in North America.
"The ocean-side economics in the Pacific services no longer support smaller ships in strings with low cargo density. We are optimizing our Pacific services to provide better service on fewer strings with larger ships and higher cargo density and velocity," he added.
"This is part of our initiative to redefine our North American service model and streamline our ocean and inland routes. We want our customers to experience cost effective service that is faster and more reliable," he said.
The TP9 service will call Los Angeles, Vancouver, Yokohama, Xigang, Qingdao, Shanghai and Ningbo westbound. It will call Singapore, Laem Chabang, Shekou, Yantian, Xiamen, Kaohsiung, Los Angeles, and Vancouver eastbound.
The new TP6 service will call Dutch Harbor, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kobe, Busan and Shanghai westbound. It will call Shanghai, Ningbo, Los Angeles, and Oakland eastbound.


Updated : 2021-03-01 07:07 GMT+08:00