Maersk Line announced it would resume its weekly container service to Wellington’s CentrePort, after suspending calls following the Kaikoura earthquake that damaged container-handling infrastructure.
Maersk Line’s Northern Star service is scheduled to make its first call at CentrePort on September 18, after repairs are completed, enabling the ship-to-shore cranes to operate.
Maersk Line Oceania managing director Gerard Morrison applauded CentrePort’s efforts to complete the structural repairs needed to become fully operational again.
“CentrePort has kept us fully informed of its progress over the last nine months and we are very pleased to return to Wellington with our weekly Northern Star service,” he said.
“It allows us to serve our customers in the region faster and more efficiently.”
CentrePort chief executive Derek Nind welcomed the return of Maersk.
“We look forward to working with Maersk in the future as we resume our strong growth in container shipping volumes,” he said.
“This is great news for the region’s economy.”
Maersk Line’s Northern Star service employs six 3000-TEU vessels.
The service makes six weekly port calls around New Zealand each week.