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MSC and Maersk partner with SM Line on transpacific services

Container line MSC has unveiled a new partnership on the transpacific with Korea’s SM Line and its 2M alliance partner Maersk Line.

With an existing cooperation by MSC and Maersk with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) expiring at the end of March MSC said that the new agreement with SM Line from 1 April 2020 would provide continuity of services between Asia and the West Coast North America.

The new cooperation agreement with SM Line covers six transpacific services. The agreement is in the form slot exchanges and slot purchases between MSC, Maersk and SM Line, and not part of the global 2M alliance between Maersk and MSC.

MSC highlighted that from April it would be offering three services between Asia and the Pacific Northwest compared to one at present.

The new agreement does not change MSC’s service offerings to the US East Coast. “MSC’s existing services to the US East Coast and Gulf remain unchanged and, also, the agreement between 2M and ZIM in the Pacific North West region remains in full effect,” MSC said.

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