20 Feb 2006
Maersk Line's new 4100 TEU "Pendulum" service commences this week, providing New Zealand exporters with a weekly direct service from Port of Tauranga to North America and Europe.
The port call at Tauranga on Wednesday (Feb 22) will be the first New Zealand call in this service for the newly formed Maersk Line, the combined business of Maersk Sealand and P&O Nedlloyd and will be the first time Port of Tauranga has handled a regular 4100 TEU shipping service.
The Pendulum service will provide a key part of Maersk Line's network and builds on the previous P&O Nedlloyd "Eastabout" service and Maersk Sealand's "Oceania" service.
Maersk Line Managing Director Tony Gibson says Port of Tauranga was chosen to ensure customers of both P&O Nedlloyd and Maersk Sealand experienced a smooth transition to the new shipping service.
"Our primary objective is to ensure the integrity of the supply chain for our customers," he says.
"The selection of Tauranga as the North Island export port call provides an opportunity for the port to demonstrate it has the systems and infrastructure necessary to help us achieve that."
Mr Gibson says Maersk Line will be conducting a strategic review of the entire supply chain over the next six months, which may influence the structure of future port calls.
Port of Tauranga Chief Executive, Mark Cairns, says the port is well-placed to handle the large vessels both operationally and physically and is pleased to be partnering with Maersk Line as it manages the introduction of its new schedules.
"The Pendulum service will further enhance shipping options from Tauranga to and from ports around the world."
Southbound sailings of the Pendulum service will call at Auckland for discharge of imports from Europe and the US East coast, followed by Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane calls where vessels will discharge imports and load exports. Vessels will then load New Zealand exports in Tauranga and Port Chalmers before sailing northbound via Panama Canal and the hub ports of Balboa and Kingston to the US East Coast and North Europe
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