Commencing in February 2006, Hamburg S’d will be introducing its own restructured service between Northern Europe, US East Coast and Australia/New Zealand. The “Trident” service replaces the “Round The World Service,” operated with other partner lines, which is due to end in February 2006.

Hamburg S’d will be employing six 2,000 teu vessels in this new fixed day, fortnightly service. All the ships are fitted with at least 350 plugs for reefer containers to take account of the growing market for refrigerated cargo. The first sailing from Europe southbound will be performed by the “Cap Vincent” from Tilbury on February 24, 2006. The first northbound sailing for the US and Europe will be “Columbus Waikato” from Sydney on February 22, 2006.

The “Trident” service will offer the following port rotation: Tilbury ’ Bremerhaven ’ Antwerp ’ Philadelphia ’ Savannah ’ Cartagena ’ Auckland ’ Sydney ’ Melbourne’ Timaru or Port Chalmers ’ Napier ’ Tauranga ’ Cartagena ’ Savannah ’ Philadelphia ’ Tilbury.

Fast rail connections from Adelaide will link South Australia via Melbourne with the new service. And Queensland exports will be feedered from Brisbane to Tauranga on the existing Hamburg S’d Asia service, where they will connect with the new service.

In New Zealand, the new service calls at Auckland southbound and Tauranga northbound. The integration of Tauranga and other ports on New Zealand’s South Island permits direct and fast connections to the markets in the Caribbean, the USA and Europe.

With the new “Trident” service, Hamburg S’d is also offering a service on the Transatlantic between Northern Europe and US East Coast. Via Philadelphia, fast, daily rail links to key markets in the Mid West are available. Additionally, Hamburg S’d offers a dedicated barge service from Philadelphia to Baltimore.

The integration of the hub port Cartagena (Columbia) permits fast connections from and to Venezuela and Mexico, as well as US Gulf. The fact that four of the company’s other weekly services meet up in Cartagena further guarantees a fast, direct link to South America East and West Coast.