According to MANA ,Maersk’s new AC1 service will begin at the end of June, in time for the opening of the expanded Panama Canal.
The AC1 service, connecting the West Coast of Latin America to Asia, will provide greater port coverage and reduced transit times on select corridors. By reducing the size of vessels operating on the AC2 service, the shipping line will be able to introduce a third loop to the network. While overall capacity on the AC network will remain the same, the optimised network will deliver greater value for Maersk Line’s customers.
Ports on the West Coast of Latin America have all expanded to take advantage of the Panama Canal third lane and the connections it would offer to new services.
“We are optimising 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,” explained Dean Rodin, head of trade for Latin America & Oceania, Maersk Line.