With the continued schedule disruption and terminal congestion across Oceania Maersk wishes to advise changes to our Southern Star service. Earlier this year we phased in a seventh vessel to increase the schedule buffer to the Southern Sar service and reduce schedule impact to our customers. As a result of significant delays and suspension of our proforma windows we need to make additional changes to our network in an effort to reduce delays, avoid vessel bunching and lost market capacity due to vessel sliding.

The Southern Star service will continue the schedule with 7 ships with a slight adjustment to rotation – starting from RIO NEGRO voyage 133S (departing Tanjung Pelapas on the 17th August) the Southern Star schedule will stop calling Brisbane and follow the below proforma rotation.

Port call Arrival Departure Days
Port call
Tanjung Pelepas
Arrival
Monday
Departure
Tuesday
Days
1
Port call
Singapore
Arrival
Tuesday
Departure
Thursday
Days
2
Port call
Sydney
Arrival
Sunday
Departure
Wednesday
Days
16
Port call
Tauranga
Arrival
Saturday
Departure
Monday
Days
21
Port call
Napier
Arrival
Tuesday
Departure
Wednesday
Days
23
Port call
Lyttelton
Arrival
Friday
Departure
Saturday
Days
27
Port call
Port Chalmers
Arrival
Sunday
Departure
Monday
Days
29
Port call
Tanjung Pelepas
Arrival
Monday
Departure
Tuesday
Days
49

Given the ongoing New Zealand port congestion and delays, the actual arrival and departure times along New Zealand coast might vary due to the suspension of berthing windows. However, this schedule adjustment will add important buffer to the schedule to enable the service to arrive on-time to the hubs in Tanjung Pelepas and Singapore, enabling weekly connection to on-carrier services and reduce the requirement for vessel slidings, improving stability of the New Zealand supply chain.

To reduce impact to our customers importing and exporting cargo to and from Brisbane we will offer alternative products on the Maersk network, with the Komodo and J-Star continuing to connect Asia with Brisbane on a weekly basis.

We thank you in advance for your kind cooperation and understanding. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your local Maersk representative, or contact our Customer Service team on 0800 MAERSK (623 775).

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