Hamburg Süd goes big in Tauranga

Hamburg Süd is to follow Maersk Line in taking larger container ships to the Port of Tauranga when it begins a peak season service using 7,200 teu vessels.

Due to commence in early March, it is understood Hamburg Süd’s schedule will run for over four months and see vessels arriving from South America and heading to North Asian destinations such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and South Korea.

Port of Tauranga has completed a NZ$350 capital expenditure programme over the past five years that has seen its shipping channels widened and deepened to 14.5 metres inside the harbour entrance and 15.8 metres outside.

Maersk became the first line to commence calling with larger tonnage when the 9,600 teu Aotea Maersk berthed last October on its Triple Star service from South America to North Asia. 

Port of Tauranga chairperson David Pilkington said the calls are changing the perception of New Zealand as merely being at the “end of the north-south linkage”.

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