The German container carrier Senator Lines is about to partner the new South America East Coast Service NES. The CMA CGM Violet will leave Rotterdam for the first southbound voyage on 28 November 2008, the Mare Internum will follow on 05 December 2008. The same vessels will head for the first northbound sailings on 19 and 26 December respectively from Buenos Aires.
The port rotation of the new NES service reads: Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp,
Le Havre, Santos, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Rio Grande, Itajai, Paranagua,
Santos, Tangier and back to Rotterdam.
Six vessels of a capacity of around 2,700 - 2,900 TEU will be deployed on the service.
Transit time for the round trip is 42 days, the transit Hamburg-Buenos Aires takes 18 days and from Santos to Rotterdam 14 days.
“The new service features a wide port coverage in South America and does not only include four Brazilian calling ports but with Buenos Aires and Montevideo also calls in Argentina and Uruguay”, says Mark Ehlers, Director Operational Management at Senator Lines.
“Especially, the integration of Montevideo in the schedule has been crucial for us since our previous South America setup did not serve the Uruguayan market, which is of significant importance to our customers”, he adds.
“Also the port coverage on the North-West continent is very attractive with the inclusion of the four major hubs in Northern Europe, namely Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp and Le Havre”, points out Jens Philippi, Director Commercial Management at Senator Lines. “This setup will enable us to offer our customers a very flexible cargo steering and a broad range of direct port pair connections.”
With Tangier being included in the service setup, the German carrier also connects the Latin American with the Iberian markets on the northbound voyage. The trade has always been very flourishing between these two marketplaces due to historical reasons and the common languages.
Hans-Hermann Mohr, CEO of Senator Lines says: “The new service setup for the east coast of South America is the result of our permanent efforts to increase our service quality, flexibility and port coverage. After the termination of the K-Line/Maruba/China Shipping consortium in April 2008 and the general capacity decrease in the market resulting thereof, we take the chance now to increase our capacity into the constantly growing South American market again.”
The Bremen-based ocean carrier is very confident in the new service setup of the CMA CGM/Maruba consortium: “We are convinced that we will offer a reliable operational service and that this new service will feature a very good schedule reliability and service quality.”