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Maersk confirms closure of two Oceania services

Maersk has announced the termination of its services, Polaris and Sirius Star, in Oceania. The Danish carrier said that continued schedule disruption and terminal congestion across the continent have led them to this decision.

The Polaris service, which connects the port of Brisbane in Australia with the New Zealand ports of Timaru and Lyttelton, will have the following last voyage:

Maersk Nansha Voyage Departure
Brisbane
225E
23 June 2022
Timaru
225E / 226W
29 June 2022
Lyttelton
225E / 226W
1 July 2022
Brisbane
226W
6 July 2022

The last voyage details of the Sirius Star service, connecting New Zealand coastal ports and New Zealand with Fiji, are as follows:

Seaspan Hannover Voyage Departure
Nelson
224S / 226N
6 July 2022
Timaru
224S / 226N
10 July 2022
Lyttelton
226N
12 July 2022
Tauranga
226N
16 July 2022
Suva
226N / 228S
21 July 2022
Lautoka
226N / 228S
23 July 2022
Tauranga
228S
27 July 2022
Suva
TBC
2 August 2022

Given the ongoing New Zealand port congestion and delays, the actual arrival and departure times along New Zealand coast might vary, noted Maersk in its statement.

The company said, "During the past 18 months, we have continued to review our Ocean Network to limit the impact of the global supply chain disruption on our Oceania customers and from the fourth quarter of the last year, we have consistently delivered a schedule reliability performance between 70-100% higher than the market average on Oceania to Asia trade."

Maersk added, "Whilst the Sirius Star service has been key to connecting cargo across New Zealand during the 2022 peak season, we continue to face missed connections negatively impacting our customers' supply chains and cargo flows."

The Danish box line concluded, "Due to restricted flexibility to alter the port rotation of the Sirius Star service, we have made the decision to restructure our Oceania network to enable improved cargo connections and supply chain stability."





Antonis Karamalegkos
Managing Editor

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