Hamburg Süd is to launch a direct liner service between North, Central and South America at the start of January 2013. The shipping group will deploy five vessels with a nominal slot capacity of 1,850 TEU, including reefer plugs. It replaces the current Cartagena – California Service.
The new service has the following port rotation: Guayaquil – Balboa – Puerto Quetzal – Los Angeles – Oakland – Manzanillo – Puerto Quetzal – Balboa – Paita – Guayaquil.
The first sailings will be from Guayaquil on 4 January 2013 and from Los Angeles on 20 January 2013 with the “Cap Palliser”.
Hamburg Süd will thus be offering the only direct service between US West Coast, Ecuador and Peru. Fast northbound transit times will ensure quick delivery of fruit to the Californian markets.
The new service is integrated into the shipping group’s worldwide liner network, with connections to Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and US East Coast.