The service provides a direct connection between the Chilean ports of San Vincente and San Antonio, and northern Europe. In addition, a regional feeder network will connect the key ports of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia through transshipment hubs in Panama.

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The first northbound sailing of the new service is scheduled for June 10, 2019. Namely, the 'Luna Maersk' will leave from San Antonio, arriving at Antwerp on July 4th. As far as the first southbound sailing, this will be conducted by 'Lexa Maersk', which will leave Antwerp on June 6, 2019.

Our inland and central location in Europe offers perishables clients very short transit times to reach key consumer markets in Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Germany and beyond. The new service confirms that carriers, such as Hamburg Sud and Maersk, trust in the operational excellence of Port of Antwerp for containerized cargo in general, and perishables in particular

noted Michiel Vermeiren, Manager Shipping Lines at Port of Antwerp.

Eight ships with post Panamax class (4.500 TEU) will sail on the service, which departs every week. In fact, with 1.400 reefer plugs each, the ships can meet the requirements of the perishables trade.

Ingrid Vanstreels, Key Account Manager Containerized Cargo at Port of Antwerp, commented that the Port of Antwerp eagerly invests in additional capacity, technology, and stimulates cooperation.