Maersk has announced a new service connecting Asia with Latin America which will begin operations in April 2018.
The new loop, AC5, will form a part of the carrier’s existing Asia – Latin America/ West Coast South America (AC) service and will include stops in Colombia, the Caribbean and Pecem in Brazil.
Maersk claim the service will provide greater port coverages and reduced transit times, most notably to the Colombian market.
In a company statement, Maersk said: “This is in line with Maersk’s ambition announced in December 2017, that the integration of Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd will offer customers better market coverage, attractive direct services and other benefits via a combined global network.
“Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd’s combined capacity on the new network remains the same as the total capacity currently deployed by the two carriers respectively.”
Maersk announced a number of other upgrades to the AC service, including new direct coverage to and from Singapore, Xiamen, Antofagasta, Angamos, Iquique, Cartagena, Manzanillo (Panama) and Pecem.
There will also be four direct weekly services from China and Korea with full coverage to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and the West Coast of South America.
Other announcements included four direct services from Shanghai and three direct services from Ningbo, Shekou, Hong Kong and Busan.