The world’s largest container shipping company Maersk Line says it will deploy six vessels on a new transpacific service connecting Asia and the United States West Coast.
The container shipping giant says the launch of the new service is in response to changing market conditions on the transpacific trade, i.e to fill the gaps resulting from the collapse of Hanjin Shipping. The TP1 service, as it is being called, is in addition to its existing East-West services. The first sailing is scheduled for September 15.
“We are responding to increased demand in the Transpacific. With supply chains disrupted, many customers are approaching us for transport solutions for their cargo. The TP1 service is a stable, long term solution to meet our customers’ needs,” says Klaus Rud Sejling, Head of Maersk Line’s East-West Network.
The TP1 service will be calling Yantian, Shanghai, Busan and Los Angeles/Long Beach, with six vessels with a capacity of 4,000 TEU per week.
The TP1 service will be part of the 2M network.