Maersk has launched a new Southeast Asia to Australia network.
The carrier said the new network configuration incorporates insights from customers and consists of 16 ships across three services – the Greater Australia Connect (GAC), the Eastern Australia Connect (EAC), and the Western Australia Connect (WAC).
These services will replace the existing Cobra and Komodo services which have underperformed in terms of reliability, according to Maersk’s recent advisory.
The revised networks will connect the five main ports of Adelaide, Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne, and Sydney in Australia to the world via the Ports of Singapore and Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia.
The move comes in a bid to simplify and connect customers’ end-to-end supply chains, while also future-proofing Australia’s international and domestic cargo connections.
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“Ocean transport is key to the Australian economy, and we are overly excited to bring improved supply chain solutions to our customers,” said My Therese Blank, Maersk’s Head of Oceania Exports.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic we have made significant investments in our network in Oceania to keep the supply chain moving.
“With the introduction of our new Australia/Southeast Asia network we will restore reliability and flexibility of our Australian customers supply chain.
“Our new network also offers a superior Australia costal connection to enable domestic trade routes and multimodal transport options for our customers in Australia.”
Maersk added that the introduction of the new network is contingent upon receiving the necessary regulatory approvals and will be rolled out once all relevant clearances have been obtained.
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