Maersk Line to introduce post-panamax vessels to Vietnam
MAERSK Line will become the first carrier to introduce the post-panamax class, 9,000 teu vessel to Vietnam when it adjusts its Trans-Pacific 6 service to add a direct all water call from South Vietnam to the US West Coast in May.
The first sailing will be on the Mathilde Maersk on Wednesday, May 12. The new service will call at the SP-PSA International Terminal in Vung Tau, Vietnam around 80 km south of Ho Chi Minh City and have a Sunday arrival at the APM Terminal facility in Los Angeles 18 days later.
The TP6 service begins slow steaming with the same sailing.
?Our customers have requested this direct call and the time is right to include a direct service from Vietnam in our network,? said Maersk Line North America sales manager Bill Woodhour.
The service deploys 14 vessels and stops at Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia; Vung Tau, Vietnam; Yantian, China; Hong Kong, China and Los Angeles on the eastbound sailing. Westbound the service departs Los Angeles and stops at Yokohama, Japan; Nagoya, Japan; Shanghai, China; Ningbo, China; Xiamen, China; Hong Kong; China; Yantian, China, and Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia.
Vietnam will be serviced by transshipment at Hong Kong by feeder service on the westbound rotation.
Exports from Vietnam include garments, footwear, ceramics, furniture, toys, coffee, tea, seafood and consumer goods.