Maersk launches new service between Asia and Latin America

Published on 31 January 2018

Today, Maersk Line announced the launch of the new Asia – Latin America / West Coast South America services. The service will provide Maersk Line’s customers with new direct products for Colombia, the Caribbean and Pecem, Brazil. It will reduce transit times and offer greater port coverage, while maintaining the network’s leading reliability. The new service will begin operations at the beginning of April 2018.

To improve its product offering and optimise its Asia – Latin America / West Coast South America (AC) network, Maersk Line will add a fourth loop to the network at of the beginning of April. The AC5 service, connecting Asia to Colombia, the Caribbean and Pecem, will provide greater port coverage and reduced transit times, most notably to the Colombian market.

The optimised network will deliver greater value for Maersk Line’s customers. This is in line with Maersk’s ambition announced in December 2017, that the integration of Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd will offer customers better market coverage, attractive direct services and other benefits via a combined global network. Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd’s combined capacity on the new network remains the same as the total capacity currently deployed by the two carriers respectively.

With the inclusion of a fourth loop Maersk Line will be able to provide dedicated and direct products for the Peru and Chilean markets via AC1, the Mexican and Central America markets via the AC2, and the Colombian, Panama and Caribbean markets via the new AC5, in addition to a pan West Coast Latin America service (AC3). Other benefits of the upgraded AC network include:

  • New Direct coverage to and from Singapore, Xiamen, Antofagasta, Angamos, Iquique, Cartagena, Manzanillo (Panama) and Pecem
  • Four direct weekly services from China and Korea with full coverage to Mexico, Central America, Caribbean and West Coast of South America
  • Four direct services from Shanghai, three direct services from Ningbo, Shekou, Hong Kong and Busan
  • Extensive direct access to Chilean ports: Angamos, Antofagasta, Iquique, San Antonio, Valparaiso and San Vicente
  • Improved transit times to Colombia, Panama and the Caribbean
  • Improved transit times from Valparaiso and Callao to Yokohama, Busan and Shanghai by almost a week

Links to service maps and transit times:

Shipping from Asia to South America Shipping from South America to Asia
AC 1 Eastbound AC1 Westbound
AC 2 Eastbound AC2 Westbound
AC 3 Eastbound AC3 Westbound
AC 5 Eastbound

Contact: Senior Press Officer, Mikkel Linnet
+45 3363 8515

About Maersk Line
>Maersk Line is the world’s largest container shipping company, known for reliable, flexible and eco-efficient services. We provide ocean transportation in all parts of the world. We serve our customers through 300 offices in 110 countries. We employ 7,600 seafarers and 24,600 land-based employees and operate 668 container vessels. We market our services through the Maersk Line, MCC Transport (Intra-Asia), Safmarine, SeaLand (Intra-Americas) and Seago Line (Intra-Europe) brands. Maersk Line is part of A.P. Moller - Maersk, an integrated transport & logistics company with multiple brands and a global leader in container shipping and ports. Including a standalone Energy division, the company employs roughly 88,000 employees across operations in some 130 countries.

The AC5 Eastbound Service – schedules and transit times for the full
AC network available here and here.