Hamburg Süd, in collaboration with Maersk, has launched a new stand-alone service to enhance and expand its services on the Europe-Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast trade.
The new service (SAWC1) will consist of eight post Panamax 4,500 teu wide beam ships, fitted with 1,400 reefer plugs each, and is set to begin operations in June 2019.
Through collaboration with Maersk, Hamburg Süd is able to offer its stand-alone service configuration without having to depend on vessel sharing agreements with other shipping companies.
Frank Smet, chief commercial officer of Hamburg Süd, said: “This allows maximum flexibility towards the needs of the trade and our customers because we can design and operate systems totally independently.
“This also allows us to make seasonal adjustments to cater to specific cargo flows, for example to reduce transit times for perishables or to call different ports on a direct basis if there is sufficient demand from our clients to do so.”
The SAWC1 aims to provide high schedule reliability and operational integrity as well as offer a fast direct connection between the Chilean ports of San Vicente and San Antonio and North Europe.
It will provide customers access to Maersk’s network including the US, Russian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ports for the hub ports of Balboa, Cartagena and Manzanillo.
In addition, Hamburg Süd will continue to have access to the existing Eurosal service (SAWC2) that provides coverage for ports in Colombia and the Dominican Republic while also maintaining a direct connection to/from Le Havre in France.
The first northbound sailing of the new SAWC1 service is scheduled for June 10, 2019, with the Luna Maersk departing from San Antonio.
Lexa Maersk with ETD will depart from Antwerp on June 6, 2019 – marking the first southbound sailing.