The announcement by Maersk Lines, the world’s leading container shipping company to add Wewak and Madang as the latest ports of call in Papua New Guinea is welcomed by PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNG Ports).
“The decision by Maersk Lines is a show of confidence in PNG Ports and we will work with the shipping company to ensure that it delivers cargo to its clients in that part of the country safely and on schedule,” PNG Ports Acting Managing Director Stanley Alphonse said.
Mr Alphonse said this expansion was welcome news for 2017 because Maersk Lines is already sending its vessels into Lae and Port Moresby ports.
“Our operations team including staff at the ports of Madang and Wewak will ensure that relevant port services are provided efficiently as usual.”
“We will work with Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) and other key stakeholders to ensure that all our services are provided on time as we aim for faster turnaround times,” Mr. Alphonse said.
Maersk Lines latest announcement titled ‘Maersk Line to add direct port calls in Madang and Wewak’ was posted on their website on Monday, January 16, 2017. The shipping company stated that “Maersk Line and Inchcape Shipping Services are pleased to share our upgraded service offering for 2017.”
“In addition to the existing ports calls of Port Moresby and Lae we will add direct calls to the ports of Madang and Wewak.”
“This service expansion is part of our long term commitment to provide customers in PNG with competitive and reliable transport solutions,” Maersk Lines announced.
Details of the service upgrade are as follows:
- Effective March 2017.
- Vessels will call Port Moresby-Lae-Madang-Wewak on each voyage through Papua New Guinea.
- Rabaul and Kimbe will continue to be serviced with domestic coastal relay from Lae.
- Contact details will remain unchanged and the usual team will be on hand to answer any questions one may have.
Maersk Lines and ISS are introducing this change in order to expand their PNG coverage and enable faster transit times from these key ports into the rest of the world with their comprehensive global coverage.
Maersk Line is the world’s largest container shipping company, known for reliable, flexible and eco-efficient services.
They provide ocean transportation in all parts of the world and serve customers through 306 offices in 114 countries.