Maersk Line Starts 1st Direct Thailand-Australia Service

Danish carrier Maersk Line said it will add a call at the port of Laem Chabang in Thailand on its Boomerang service starting from October 2015, offering Thai exporters and importers the first and only direct service between Thailand and Australia.

The weekly service will connect Thailand to main ports in Australia: Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The new direct link means the containers remain on the Boomerang service vessels, eliminating the need for transshipment of the cargo elsewhere in South-east Asia.

“We are seeing good growth in the trade between Thailand and Australia, and we will further promote this by offering a direct service, which will provide exporters and importers with superior transit time and higher reliability,” says Bo Wegener, Managing Director at Maersk Line in Thailand.

Exports from Thailand to Australia largely comprise consumer goods, including electronics and auto parts. Imports are primarily grains, hay, metal and paper.

“We have been operating in Thailand for more than 60 years, and will continue to expand our services in this important market. The investment in the direct call of the Boomerang service is another example of Maersk Line’s commitment to facilitate the growth of Thai exports and imports,” adds Wegener.

The weekly service covers the ports of Brisbane – Sydney – Melbourne – Fremantle –Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Laem Chabang – Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Fremantle– Adelaide – Melbourne – Sydney – Brisbane – Yokohama – Osaka – Busan – Qingdao –Shanghai – Ningbo – Brisbane.

The first sailing of the direct service is slated to be kick started by Maersk Virginia, which is scheduled to depart from Laem Chabang port on 4 October 2015.