Danish container shipping company Maersk Line has decided to optimize its AC network with the launch of the AC1 service, connecting the West Coast of Latin America with Asia.
Scheduled to launch at the end of June, the AC1 service is expected to provide reduced transit times between South and East China, Taiwan and South East Asia to San Antonio in Chile and Callao in Peru, as well as greater port coverage on certain corridors, according to the company.
“We are optimizing our Asia-West Coast Latin America network to provide our customers with faster access to their markets in order to fuel their business growth. These enhancements will benefit our customers with faster cargo deliveries and more direct port coverage,” Dean Rodin, Head of Trade for Latin America & Oceania, Maersk Line, said.
The AC1 service would be the only direct service in the market from Nansha to West Coast South America, and the fastest service from Chiwan to San Antonio and Callao, reaching transit times of 27 days. It is expected to provide a direct service from Shanghai to West Coast South America and 2 weekly sailings from Shanghai and Ningbo to West Coast South America, as well as direct calls from San Vicente, Chile, to Taiwan.
Additionally, Maersk Line said that its current product offering from China, Korea and Japan to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean via Panama will be maintained fully on the AC2 and AC3 services. By reducing the size of vessels operating on the AC2 service, the shipping line said it would be able to introduce a third loop to the network.