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Maersk and MSC add transpacific services in wake of Hanjin bankruptcy

Maersk Line and MSC, who make up the 2M network, have moved to snaffle up business that was previously controlled by defunct Hanjin Shipping.

Maersk Line is introducing a new service between Asia and the United States West Coast.

The first sailing is scheduled for 15 September.

“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,” said 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. It will have six vessels with a capacity of 4,000 teu per week deployed.

The move is in response to Hanjin’s decision to seek court receivership eight days ago, a move that has triggered a global supply chain crisis.

Similarly, MSC has announced the introduction of a new transpacific service called Maple which will also start on September 15.

The new service will call at Busan, Shanghai, Yantian, Prince Rupert, Busan. The service will be made up of six vessels of 5,000 teu capacity.

In order to cover the anticipated high initial demand, the first two sailings will call Yantian, Shanghai, Busan, Long Beach.

Splash has been leading the way with coverage of the decline and fall of Hanjin Shipping – for our full archive on 2016’s biggest maritime story, click here.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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