Maersk is launching a new dedicated New Zealand coastal service – “Maersk Coastal Connect”, with the objective of enabling a more resilient New Zealand supply chain and improve vessel schedule reliability.
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. It is aiming to provide easy access to Maersk’s global network. The combined North to South and South to North capacity has a target of 250,000 TEU each year. Maersk Coastal Connect will start on the July 12, 2022.
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. According to Maersk, 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, aims to create value for customers in the New Zealand market.