At present Maersk calls with 10 services at Busan North; eight of these will migrate to PNC, which is operated by DP World, while two joint services will remain at Busan North Port. Maersk’s move will bring an anticipated volume of more than 700,000 teu per annum to PNC, and will create more jobs at the container terminal.
PNC also expects a rapid increase in the number of common feeders calling to service the substantial new Maersk volumes and the other mainline services already committed to the facility, which include CSAV, Zim, Emirates and United Arab Shipping Company. Recently, new logistics facilities have opened in the support area bordering the terminal, boosting its handling capacity.
Kyu Sun Park, president of Maersk Line Korea, said: “PNC’s terminal facilities offer flexible space and very competitive service levels consistent with the most efficient terminals in the world. … Our move to PNC will accelerate the faster activation of Busan New Port area and we hope this will be a meaningful move in support of the Korean government’s effort of making Busan one of the major hub ports in Northeast Asia.”
Patrick Bol, managing director of PNC added: “The increased mainline volumes will also attract feeders to call directly at PNC, increasing transhipment activity as well. … This is only the start. There are more shipping lines to follow: in 2009 Hanjin and Hyundai will move to adjacent Newport terminals, further accelerating the gravity shift in Busan cargo to the west.”