The direct service between Asia and the East Coast of South America, operated by 13 vessels from Hapag-Lloyd, NYK, Zim, Hamburg Süd and Hyundai, will begin calls at APM Terminals Buenos Aires, Argentina, and APM Terminals Itajaí, Brazil.
The vessels will call at the Asian ports of Kelang, Singapore, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Shekou and Busan. The service launched on 25 August with the arrival of the first vessel into Terminal 4 Buenos Aires.
Argentina’s annual container throughput in 2016 was 1.59 million TEUs. Buenos Aires, which handled 1.4 million TEUs last year, is the fourth-busiest container port in South America.
In Brazil, the first vessel is scheduled to arrive at APM Terminals Itajaí on 9 September. The service will call bi-weekly through April 2018, due to turning basin restrictions for six of the 13 vessels in the string which exceed 300 metres in length. With the completion of the expanded turning basin in the Itajai/Navegantes river complex next year, a weekly service will be introduced.
Ricardo Arten, Managing Director of APM Terminals in Brazil, commented: ‘This new service is good news for our landside customers who will now compete better in world markets with more routing choices. This is the second Asia/East Coast South America service available in Itajaí, which already handles the ASAS service operated by Maersk Line, MSC and MOL. Equally important, the new string boosts our port’s economic impact to the city of Itajaí and region.’
Located in Southern Brazil, in the State of Santa Catarina, Itajaí is in the second-largest container port complex in Brazil with a throughput of 1.1 million TEUs in 2016.