PrimePort secures new shipping service
Weekly container service to begin Oct 10RHONDA MARKBY
PrimePort Timaru has secured a new weekly container service for the port - saving 10 jobs.
The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will begin a weekly container service through the port on October 10.
The new service comes in the wake of global container lines Maersk and Hamburg Sud withdrawing their services from Timaru earlier this month. The loss of that trade meant 42 positions would be lost and 23 new roles created.
The new service will give exporters a direct weekly service to Asia and Australia with connections to the USA, Europe and other parts of the world.
"This is an ideal solution for the many local exporters who have been exposed to the harsh alternatives of transporting product out of the region that was clearly going to be expensive and difficult to manage," PrimePort chief executive Jeremy Boys said in announcing the new service.
"In many respects this new service enhances the choice and improves on the previous service we had."
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