Wilmington, N.C. – North Carolina Ports is pleased to announce a new partnership with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Maersk Line with the addition of the TP10/Amberjack all-water Asia-U.S. East Coast container service. The enhanced TP10/Amberjack service consists of ten Panamax 4,300-5,100 TEU ships and commenced in early October at the Port of Wilmington with the arrival of the SeaLand Lightning.
“North Carolina has a ripe market that continues to drive the decisions of the world’s biggest container companies,” said Executive Director, Paul J. Cozza. “Our inclusion in this rotation not only improves our visibility in international trade but also ensures the businesses that rely on us will have that much needed connection to Asia.”
The TP10/Amberjack’s rotation includes port calls in Qingdao, Xingang, Ningbo, Shanghai and Busan in Asia. This transpacific service traverses the expanded Panama Canal on its way to U.S. East Coast ports. It has the fastest coverage from Asia to Wilmington and is the only service offering direct linkage to the U.S. East Coast into and out of Xingang.
“Our beneficial cargo owners were clamoring for a stable Asia service in this location,” said Chief Commercial Officer, Greg Fennell. “The TP10/Amberjack provides us with greater convenience and enhanced transit times for shippers doing business in Asia.”
Maersk Line, the world’s leading container shipping company, already deploys multiple strings into the Port of Wilmington via its Intra-Americas regional ocean carrier – SeaLand. The SeaLand Atlantico and revised SAE services provide access to Latin America for ports customers.