In order to cover peak seasonal requirements, Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line have decided to introduce a second string in their service between Asia, South Africa and East Coast of South America.
The second string will be operated with 10 vessels with an effective capacity of 2100 TEU, with each line providing 5 vessels.
Starting as from the first week of July, the service will operate as follows:
String 1 Nagoya – Yokohama – Pusan – Shanghai – Hong Kong – Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore –Sepetiba – Santos – Buenos Aires – Rio Grande – Navegantes – Paranagua – Santos – Singapore – Hong Kong – Nagoya.
String 2 Shanghai – Ningbo – Dachan Bay – Hong Kong – Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Durban – Santos – Itajai – Port Elizabeth – Durban – Shanghai.
The two strings are coordinated in such a way that they provide for the most complete coverage in the trade with fast transit-times between key port pairs.
After the end of the peak season demand, which is expected to last through to November, the lines intend to return to a single string configuration.