After nearly 11 months on a 10-week rotation, the ocean carrier Maersk Line has added a new port call at Vostochniy, Russia, and an eleventh vessel to its weekly TP7 service between Asia and the east coast of North America.
According to Maersk Line schedules, the carrier will also drop its eastbound call at Balboa, but leave the westbound Balboa call intact. Vostochniy will be the first port inbound to Asia in future in place of Yokohama.
Roundtrip voyage time on the TP7 has increased from 70 days to 77 days, but transit times eastbound to North America from Taiwan, China and South Korea remain roughly the same as vessels will now slow steam one week between Vostochniy and Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to begin reloading for the east coast of North America.
Back in January, Maersk had added an additional vessel to the TP7 and slowed roundtrip voyage time on the service from 63 days to 70 days and added a call at Osaka, Japan, which has since been dropped
(reported by American Shipper
The TP7 service, which calls at Los Angeles westbound, has a revised rotation of Vostochniy, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Nansha, Yantian, Shanghai, Busan, Miami, Savannah, Charleston, Miami, Balboa, Los Angeles, and Vostochniy. Its 11 Maersk vessels have an average capacity of 4,693 TEUs.
Maersk currently operates or takes slots on nine transpacific services, including the TP7. Of them, however, only the TP3/TP9/Columbus pendulum joint service with CMA CGM likewise calls at ports on the U.S. East Coast and only the TP6/AE6 pendulum calls at Vostochniy. - ComPair Data
, Ben Meyer