Maersk Line change its TP12 service through Panama Canal to provide faster transit times between Far East Asia and US East Coast. The service will transit the new lock of Panama Canal and will call at the ports of Newark, Norfolk and Baltimore on the US East Coast. On return route the TP12 service will pass through the Suez Canal and call the ports of Salalah (Oman), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Singapore. The improved route will provide higher speed and lower transit time of the Maersk Line around-the-world service and will significantly improve product offering to shippers on the Far East Asia and US East Coast trade. The capacity on the route will not be changes, as Maersk Line will deploy eleven 8,500 TEU vessels.
“We are changing our TP12 service to provide a better product to shippers in Korea, Northern and Eastern China. By transiting the expanded Panama Canal, we will significantly reduce transit times into key ports on the US East Coast. At the same time, we will reduce our CO2 and exhaust gas emissions due to the shorter distance”, head of Maersk Line’s East–West Network, Klaus Rud Sejling.
Moreover, Maersk Line will improve other services this summer, adding Busan (South Korea) to the Westbound TP10 service, connecting its TP11 and TP8 services to form a pendulum service that expands the coverage of both services. The capacity of all routes will not be changed.
Maersk Line is the global container division and the largest operating unit of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group. It is the world’s largest container shipping company, having customers through 374 offices in 116 countries.