Maersk Line, MSC and ZIM announce a new strategic cooperation on Asia-US West Coast (USWC) and Asia-Mediterranean trades.
The new Agreement will cover the Asia – Mediterranean and the Asia – Pacific Northwest trades.
MSC, Maersk Line and ZIM will run the operation on the Maple service with seven vessels between Asia and the US West Coast. The 2M Alliance will contribute three vessels and ZIM will operate four vessels. The parties will swap slots on Orient service which remains a fully 2M operated service.
There will be no changes to the schedules of MSC’s Maple and Orient services.
Between Asia and the Mediterranean, MSC and Maersk Line will allocate some slots to ZIM on Phoenix and Tiger. Rotations will remain the same as per the announcement of new 2M East-West Network published in December 2018.
The service changes are expected to start in March 2019, subject to regulatory approval.
In each trade, two strings will be operated in cooperation, as follows:
Sirius Line (ZAS)
Xingang – Dalian – Pusan – Shanghai – Ningbo – Shekou – Singapore – Port Said East – Haifa – Port-Said East – Singapore – Xingang
Spica Line (ZMS)
Pusan – Shanghai – Ningbo – Shekou – Singapore – Port Said East – Yarimca – Istanbul – Asyaport – Piraeus – Singapore – Shekou – Pusan
ZIM Pacific Pollux (ZP9)
Asia to Americas: Kaohsiung – Xiamen – Yantian – Ningbo – Shanghai – Busan – Vancouver – Seattle
Americas to Asia: Vancouver – Seattle – Yokohama – Busan – Kaohsiung
ZIM Pacific Procyon (ZP8)
Asia to Americas: Xingang – Qingdao – Shanghai – Busan – Yokohama – Prince Rupert
Americas to Asia: Prince Rupert – Xingang
ZIM President & CEO Eli Glickman: “We are very proud to team up with the two largest players in the industry and to expand our cooperation with the 2M Alliance. The new strategic Agreement means faster and more efficient service with better geographic coverage and extended direct port calls for the benefit of our customers, in line with our vision to provide best-in-class service. We will significantly increase our ability to provide the ‘best of both worlds’: top-level line coverage combined with our exceptional customer service and personal touch. The agreement is a game-changer, and I am confident it will support ZIM’s growth and profitability.”
“Having successfully implemented our strategic cooperation, we are very pleased to expand the partnership with ZIM into additional geographies. This agreement delivers mutual benefits to both parties, for Maersk it provides operational efficiencies that will enable our continued drive to deliver competitive and reliable products for our customers in the world’s most comprehensive East-West network,” says Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer, A.P. Moller – Maersk.