The launch of the first standalone loop in the Pacific by Maersk Line and MSC reflects a growing trend by the two largest container carriers to expand capacity that’s not covered under their 2M vessel-sharing alliance. The two lines will deploy two ships with a combined capacity of 6,600 twenty-foot-equivalent units on a new service between the US West Coast and South America, according to shipping consultancy Alphaliner. The service is expected to start at the end of September out of Manzanillo, Panama, with calls at Los Angeles, San Francisco and Callao in Peru. Learn more here.
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