PORT Otago is welcoming back ANL’s Transtaz service after a hiatus of four years.

CMA CGM Semarang is due at Port Chalmers this week

The Transtaz service has operated in New Zealand for several years, calling Sydney, Melbourne, Tauranga and Lyttelton.

This month it will visit Port Chalmers, Nelson and Napier as well.

Port Otago commercial manager Craig Usher said the return of ANL is great news for the port.

“It’s particularly good for our customers because it’s a reliable weekly service, and because it links in with four other CMA CGM services that carry product to our exporters’ key global destinations,” Mr Usher said.

From a port business perspective, the ANL service operates to a Wednesday afternoon shipping window.

“Our other three core shipping services operate to Friday to Tuesday windows, so this mid-week window is helpful for optimising our infrastructure and smoothing out our team’s workload,” Mr Usher said.