Hamburg Süd Service Update SAWC

May 17,2019

A new stand-alone service covering Europe to/from Central America/Caribbean and South America West Coast

Dear valued customer,
The trade between Europe and Central America/Caribbean and South America West Coast has always been a key element in Hamburg Süd’s global network of liner services. From June 2019 customers will benefit from an expanded and enhanced stand-alone service from Hamburg Süd with Maersk. For you this means maximum flexibility, for example if extra cargo capacity is needed during peak season, especially for refrigerated cargo.
The new stand-alone service covering Europe to/from Central America/Caribbean and South America West Coast will be called SAWC 1 and will ensure operational integrity throughout and high schedule reliability in addition to offering several valuable innovations

You will benefit from:
  • Optimized connectivity between Hamburg Süd and Maersk liner services in the region (EMCS, WMCS, ECUBEX, ECUMED), which will result in better transit times, improved geographical coverage and optimized cargo flows.
  • Fast direct connection between the Chilean ports of San Vicente and San Antonio and North Europe as well as a Central America transhipment hub providing connectivity to markets worldwide. The southbound product offers the fastest connection between main European Ports to Chile and Peru.
  • Extensive feeder network which links the major Latin and North American Westcoast ports with the European ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam, London and Hamburg.
  • Multiple transhipment options: The regional feeder network to/from South America West Coast to Europe will be connected via the Port of Balboa (Panama). From here, there will be optimized connections to the deep-sea ECUBEX service (for direct St. Petersburg coverage), the Atacama service and a regional feeder service to Guayaquil (Ecuador), Paita (Peru) and Arica (Chile) as well as to the Central American and North America Westcoast ports. The Caribbean / Mexico and US-Gulf will be connected in the ports of Manzanillo (Panama) and Cartagena (Colombia). All of these services will be operated 100% by Maersk companies for full operational control.

Eight ships of the post Panamax class (4.500 TEU wide beam), will be deployed on the new service. With their 1,400 reefer plugs each, the vessels are ideally suited to cover the requirements on the trade. In addition, the current Eurosal service (to be renamed to SAWC 2) will continue to be offered as a second string primarily aimed to provide coverage for the markets of Colombia and the Dominican Republic northbound to Europe. It will also offer connections to/from the French port of Le Havre.

The first northbound sailing of the new SAWC 1 service is scheduled to be on 10th June 2019, with the “Luna Maersk” departing from San Antonio. The first southbound sailing is Lexa Maersk with ETD from Antwerp on 6th June 2019. The first SAWC 2 sailing with the reduced allocation is the Guayaquil Express 919 N. The corresponding SAWC 2 sailing with a reduced allocation is the Valparaiso Express 923 S.

Click HERE to get an overview of the entire service offering on the Europe – Caribbean / Central America and South America West Coast trade.

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