Carriers Maersk and ZIM have announced a new weekly, transpacific service, the TP23, that will link ports in Vietnam and China with the US East Coast via the Panama Canal.
The TP23 service, with eight vessels from Maersk and two from ZIM, is intended to start from May 2021. The expceted port rotation will be Vung Tau, Vietnam/Yantian, South China/Panama Canal /Savannah /Charleston/Newark, while due to congestion in Savannah, the rotation will initially and until further notice swap the U.S. calls to go Charleston/Savannah/Newark.
The service is expected to improve speed, reliability and coverage and integrate into US East Coast landside logistics offerings. Transit times are improved from Yantian to Savannah by 3-4 days (28-29 days) and Yantian to Charleston by 7-8 days (28-29 days) over existing services. The Vietnam call has been added to provide more capacity to the rapidly growing market that has seen gains of 52% and 25% in the past two years.