Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd rationalise Asia-South America offering


Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd have unveiled their revised Asia-South America network effective from the beginning of April, as the carriers continue to rejig services following Maersk group’s takeover of the German line.

The pair will both launch new services between the two continents, in a move that the carriers say will offer greater value for customers, more market coverage, additional direct connections, higher sailing frequencies, greater flexibility and shorter transit times.

Maersk Line revealed in a circular that its new Asia-South America product will include the addition of a fourth loop, the AC5, providing a direct service to Colombia, the Caribbean and Pecem, Brazil, from April 1. 

Meanwhile, Hamburg Süd in a separate release informed customers of its own new service network between Asia and west coast South America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Under the service names ASPA and ASCA the new product will replace its existing vessel-sharing agreements with other lines. Hamburg Süd’s current vessel-sharing agreement on the Asia-South America east coast trade will not be affected by the changes and will remain in place until the end of the year.

Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd’s combined capacity on the new network will be unchanged from the current capacity deployed by the two carriers respectively.