Maersk has decided to enhance its Oceania network to improve its schedule reliability amid the ongoing schedule disruption and terminal congestion in the region.

The Danish container carrier will introduce a new service to connect Brisbane with the New Zealand ports of Timaru and Lyttelton. The new service, named The Polaris, will start on 11 January, when the 2,546TEU Maersk Nansha is expected to call at the port of Timaru.

The port rotation of the new service will be Brisbane – Timaru – Lyttelton – Brisbane

Port Arrival Departure Days
Brisbane Wednesday Thursday 0
Timaru* Tuesday Wednesday 6
Lyttelton Thursday Friday 8
Brisbane Wednesday Thursday 14

Additionally, Maersk will make changes to the the port coverage of its Sirius Star service aiming to improve schedule reliability.

Starting from the 2,478TEU Seaspan Hannover / 145W voyage, the rotation of the Sirius Star will be adjusted as follows: Suva – Lautoka – Tauranga – Auckland – Nelson – Timaru – Lyttelton – Tauranga

The new proforma rotation will be effective from 2 January, when Seaspan Hannover will depart Fiji.

Port Arrival Departure Days
Suva Saturday Sunday 0
Lautoka Sunday Tuesday 2
Tauranga Friday Saturday 6
Auckland Sunday Monday 8
Nelson* Friday Saturday 13
Timaru Tuesday Wednesday 17
Lyttelton Thursday Friday 19
Tauranga Monday Tuesday 23
Suva Saturday Sunday 28

Maersk said it continues to invest in introducing additional vessels to limit the impact to its customers by restoring network reliability and continuing to offer superior port coverage in Oceania.

Source: container-news