Re-structure of North Asia to New Zealand direct service

As many of you would already be aware, the joint North Asia / New Zealand direct service operated by Cosco / Hamburg Sud / NYK and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has been suffering from an extended period of erratic scheduling.

  • The current port rotation which includes 6 ports in North Asia and 6 in New Zealand, has proven to be very challenging, leaving little contingency time in the event of inevitable delays often caused by adverse weather or other unforeseen port difficulties.
  • In order to return the service to a reliable service between New Zealand and North Asia, the member lines feel it is now necessary to take decisive corrective action in order to ensure schedule integrity for the future of the service.
  • Effective from the Cosco Yingkou v029N, they will no longer call directly at the ports of New Plymouth and Wellington, but will instead offer a reliable weekly feeder connection using Pacifica’s coastal service in its place.
  • Port Nelson will also be covered via Pacifica’s coastal service for all inbound and outbound laden containers.   Their service offering will also improve at this port from a fortnightly frequency to a fixed day (Monday) weekly service for all Nelson customers.

Key benefits of this change include much better schedule performance as well as weekly coverage for Nelson and Wellington customers, as part of their ongoing commitment and strategy in-servicing of these ports and these important trade regions.

Please note this new schedule will take effect from next week and the new ETA into Auckland will be Friday as opposed to Thursday.   As such the earliest LCL cargo availability will be Monday with immediate effect.     If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us further.

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