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Maersk Line launches first direct Thailand – Australia service in the market

Maersk Line will add a call at the port of Laem Chabang in Thailand on its Boomerang service starting from October 2015. This unique setup offers Thai exporters and importers with the first and only direct service between Thailand and Australia.

The weekly service will connect Thailand to main ports in Australia: Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The new direct link means the containers remain on the Boomerang service vessels, which provides a fast and reliable product and eliminates the need for transshipment of the cargo elsewhere in South-east Asia.

“We are seeing good growth in the trade between Thailand and Australia, and we will further promote this by offering a direct service, which will provide exporters and importers with superior transit time and higher reliability,” says Bo Wegener, Managing Director at Maersk Line in Thailand.

Exports from Thailand to Australia largely comprise consumer goods, including electronics and auto parts. Imports are primarily grains, hay, metal and paper.

“We have been operating in Thailand for more than 60 years, and will continue to expand our services in this important market. The investment in the direct call of the Boomerang service is another example of Maersk Line’s commitment to facilitate the growth of Thai exports and imports,” adds Bo Wegener.

The weekly service covers the ports of Brisbane – Sydney – Melbourne – Fremantle –Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Laem Chabang – Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Fremantle– Adelaide – Melbourne – Sydney – Brisbane – Yokohama – Osaka – Busan – Qingdao –Shanghai – Ningbo – Brisbane.

The first sailing of the direct service is on the vessel Maersk Virginia, which will depart from Laem Chabang port on 4 October 2015.

Moving containers over land instead of sea

In Thailand, heavy traffic and port bottlenecks has led to more use of rail for inland services, resulting in operational cost savings. 

In Thailand, Maersk Line uses three modes of transportation for laden as well as empty containers: truck, barge and rail.

However, the main ocean port of Laem Chabang has been growing its throughput, putting pressure on vessel schedule reliability. This is making it increasingly difficult to plan barge services from the Sahathai terminal, which is closer to central Bangkok.

It was therefore crucial for Maersk Line Thailand to find a solution to move roughly 16,000 more containers via land this year, to avoid the risk of incurring additional costs from last-minute contingencies and service failures.

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Trucks would increase congestion

Trucking was one option; also the preferred mode for most shipping lines. It is flexible, being independent of rail and barge timings. But trucks come with multiple issues: traffic congestion, bottlenecks due to a preference for weekend vessel arrivals, and the fact that depots are clustered near Lad Krabang.

Adding more trucks would only increase congestion and reduce efficiency. For example, a truck which can usually make three trips on a non-peak day, can only make a single trip on a peak day.

Increasing rail usage

Working together with Siam Shoreside Service, the inland depot which Maersk Line uses in Lad Krabang, the ‘rail maximisation project’ was conceptualised. The project had two elements: increase rail usage from the depot to Laem Chabang terminal, and maximise rail transportation of 20’ (instead of 40’) export containers.

Besides increasing transportation efficiency, another key target was to lower intermodal costs. Transporting a 20’ container by rail is 25% lower in cost compared to a 40’ container, and significantly cheaper than trucking it.

“Since the project started, the proportion of 20’ containers used has gone up from around 40% to 75%, which has resulted in significant savings,” says Kornthong Chakornsirisakul, Operations Manager in Thailand.

However, as there are factors preventing the lifting of a 20’ container on rail such as weight, the Operations team has to ensure there is sufficient supply of 20’ containers.


Stable and less polluting service

The shift to use more rail instead of trucking will help to ensure more efficient use of Maersk Line’s rail allocation by the depot. The project will also focus on increasing rail usage from Saturdays to Tuesdays, where usage is less due to vessel cut-off dates.

“Compared to 2014 on a year-on-year basis, we have increased rail usage by 7%. We are definitely keen to further increase this as it is  safer, more efficient, stable, costs less and causes less pollution compared to the other modes of transport,” concludes Kornthong Chakornsirisakul.

Maersk Line FI3 service to call Mundra port

At Maersk Line, we are dedicated to provide our customers intelligent transportation solutions that drive their ambitions each and every day. Being the leading interna­tional shipping carrier, Maersk Line offers a strong global network that includes more than 500 vessels and multiple weekly departures on major trade lanes. But we don’t stop there. We continue to look for more ways to better serve our customers.

In line with Maersk Line’s commitment to improving our service reliability, our FI3 service will henceforth call the Mundra port instead of Pipavav. This route change will give our customers several logistical advantages including better land connectivity, faster equipment turnaround and contingency planning.

Maersk Line ensures that the inland transit time will remain competitive despite the route change.


• Better road and rail connectivity. Multiple rail/road routes between Mundra port and N/W India.

• Cost efficient inland haulages for major ICDs.

• Deep Draft of 14.5 metres.

• Direct gate in facility for exports allowing faster turnaround of vehicles 24/7.

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Maersk Line is the largest container shipping company in the world with unrivalled expertise to move our customer’s business forward. Our worldwide network of shipping lines and services ensure we always have our customer’s promises delivered.

For any enquiry about this service, please contact our local Maersk Line office.

Maersk Line India – embracing and empowering growth

The world looks at India as a land of supreme diversity. India is also a land that brings with it a set of unique set ups for different industries. In the world of shipping and logistics, India puts forth the opportunities like infrastructural sector growth, initiatives like ‘Make in India’, and rising spending powers and consumption patterns of the middle class and upper middle class. Simultaneously, the country throws the challenges like vast, deeper hinterlands, inland connectivity issues and a very diverse set of customer base in terms of behaviour and usability. What’s worth noting is, Maersk Line in India is not only making the most out of the opportunities, but also providing the logistics and supply chain solutions to our customers in India addressing all these challenges. Read on to know how is Maersk Line India doing it right, with inputs by Franck Dedenis, Managing Director, India.


India – the business from the hinterland

A large portion of the economic growth in India comes from the Hinterland. Therefore inland connectivity plays an important role as well. Maersk Line in India provides comprehensive inland coverage with 25 offices and 48 Inland Container Depots. For India, with its vast inland businesses, our customers often incur additional costs and bear the inconvenience of extended planning, which in turn impacts their top-line, negatively. Customers often shell out heavy additional transportation costs just to get their cargo to major ports. Extensive planning is required to ensure that the goods reach the port within the stipulated time periods, since they need to take into account the time taken for inland transportation.

Sea coverage – Connecting India to the world

Along with the hinterland and inland services, Maersk Line offers sea coverage with 14 ports currently providing 11 dedicated services out of and into India thereby making the world accessible to India. Recently, Maersk Line India saw the launch the new service MESAWA – a direct service to South and West Africa. Maersk Line in India therefore has a comprehensive portfolio of services connecting India to the world. In terms of helping the growth story of India, developing the footprint in the global trade, Maersk Line is providing the opportunities in providing fast, reliable services.  Maersk Line recently added Katupalli which is the 14th port of call in India.

Getting closer to the customers – More accessibility

Maersk Line recently added 2 sales offices in the country, thus continuing the efforts towards getting closer to the customers and providing them with better accessibility. However, a market like India is highly segmented as far as the profile of the customer is concerned. While a part of the customer  base resides in the remote lands of India thereby soliciting personal support from sales, a fair part of the customers  base is the urban India that’s e-commerce friendly and expect quicker solutions and easier interface. Therefore, a dynamic approach towards the services is important. So while we develop our reach to the India inlands through sales offices, we are also aiming providing e-solutions to our customers thus simplifying our customer interactions. The vision of being closer and accessible to the customers therefore is being clearly met.

Tapping the opportunities

The Indian market currently is inviting foreign investment which indicates the growth in India’s global trade. Additionally, the initiative like ‘Make in India’ would mean the import of spare parts, machinery for the production. This also increases the global trade. The union budget’s focus on infrastructure in terms of developing ports and e-platforms to enable smoother customs, the shipping industry can look forward to growth in the country. This is where Maersk Line’s growth story goes parallel to that of India’s fast growing economy.

Maersk Group Nominated for CSR Award at Lloyd’s List Global Awards 2015

At Maersk Line, we believe that we are more than the sum of our vessels. We play an important role in the communities where we operate, also in times of crisis. In 2014, Maersk Group reaffirmed its long-term commitment to Ebola-hit countries by USD1 million donation to the UN humanitarian relief efforts. Maersk Line ensured continued services to the continent and extra equipment enabling trade and ensuring a regular flow of food and relief supplies.

With the overall goal of preventing massive disruptions in trade and aid relief, the Maersk Group leveraged on its core competences, assets, and active UN partnership enrollment, and thereby assisted in containing the outbreak.

Keeping trade lanes open:

In Liberia, one of the most severely affected countries; Maersk Line, accounts for 75% of the total seaborne trade flows. Also the port of Monrovia is operated by the Maersk Group business unit APM Terminals and manages 99% of the import/export flow.

Maersk Line ensured continued weekly calls to Liberia, Conakry and Sierra Leone dedicating four vessels in one specific loop to enable trade in these countries. APMT continued operating the port while taking precautionary measures following WHO advice. Keeping the Ebola-hit countries connected to global trade and aid relief has thus been one of the biggest contributions.

Safety as paramount:

Keeping business as usual during the outbreak required rigorous health and safety measures to protect port employees, seafarers and contractors alike. The efforts and campaigns were successfully carried out with high discipline sticking to stringent protocols and no workers have contracted the disease to date.

Community support through UN partnership:

Beyond keeping the economy running, trade lanes and ports are crucial in sustaining the humanitarian relief supply chain.

Through the Group’s partnership with the UN Logistics Cluster led by the World Food Programme, a USD1 million contribution in pro-bono services was allocated to support their relief efforts. 11,000 tonnes of shipping capacity were donated, more than 480 containers of food, medical supplies and vehicles from around the world to the affected countries were transported. In addition, 72 containers and 11 reefers were donated for storage purposes in warehouses and medical centres and more than 25 humanitarian organizations were supported.

Community support through government relations:

APM Terminals Monrovia built and donated an Ebola treatment centre for the Liberian government, consisting of 50 tents for 100 patients, 10 tents for doctors and staff, showers, toilets and a disposal site. The tents were made of plastic liners donated by Maersk Line.

If port operations had ceased or trade lanes had been affected, the global efforts to fight Ebola would have been severely hampered. Despite the logistical and operational challenges posed by the Ebola threat, the Maersk Group stood up to its social responsibility and played a vital role in enabling the supply of aid and relief cargo as well as minimizing damages to local economies. These are all efforts that work to demonstrate the Group’s long-term commitment to the region.