In response to changing customer requirements in the trade to and from the East Coast of South America and the East Coast of North America, Maersk Line and Hamburg Sud have joined forces on a restructured service.
The key features of the new NASA service include:
- Comprehensive port coverage, including weekly scheduled calls in the south, southeast and northeast regions of Brazilian coast;
- Fast transit time from Santos to New York;
- Fast transit time from Brazilian northeast (Pecem) to East Coast North America;
- Direct service covering both Buenos Aires and Montevideo on a weekly basis;
- Montevideo/Philadelphia direct call.
- Comprehensive port coverage, including weekly scheduled calls in six ports on the East Coast of North America;
- Dedicated Santos southbound call to ensure fast and reliable coverage in the largest South American port;
- Dedicated Suape southbound call to ensure fast and reliable transit time from North America to Brazilian northeast;
- Direct service providing calls from the East Coast of North America to Montevideo and Buenos Aires on a weekly basis.
The first northbound departure will be the Cap San Antonio sailing from Buenos Aires on April 13, 2007. The first southbound departure will be the Cap San Marco sailing from New York on April 16, 2007. The port rotation of the new service will be New York, Philadelphia, Norfolk, Charleston, Jacksonville, Port Everglades, Puerto Cabello, Suape, Santos, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande, Santos, Pecem, and New York.
The present NASA cooperation with Mitsui O.S.K. and American President Lines will be discontinued as of same date. The last voyages on the current NASA service will be:
Southbound: Maersk Newark with Charleston as the last loading port with estimated time of departure March 26, 2007.
Northbound: Maersk Newark with Santos as the last loading port with estimated time of departure April 14, 2007.