Capacity added in response to strong demand in US/Asia trade
23 June 2010
Maersk Line to reinstate TP2 VSA service
With the departure of the MSC Luisa on July 10th from Xiamen, Maersk Line will reinstate the Trans Pacific 2 (TP2) service from Asia with a direct call to Long Beach. The weekly service will call five major ports in Asia. Maersk Line will participate in the vessel sharing agreement (VSA) with MSC and CMA CGM.
“Maersk Line is excited to be adding to our current transpacific deployment at this critical time for customers,” said Bill Woodhour, Senior Vice President, Maersk Line North America. “This decision was based on customer feedback surrounding expected market demand with the approach of peak season.”
The new TP2 service rotation will be Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Hong Kong, China; Xiamen, China; Shanghai, China; Qingdao, China; and Long Beach, California eastbound. The westbound rotation will be Long Beach, California; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Hong Kong, China; Xiamen, China; Shanghai, China; and Qingdao, China.
Maersk Line will operate two of the six vessels which will slow steam. MSC will operate three and CMA CGM will operate one; the service will utilise 6,500 TEU capacity vessels.