Next generation Transpacific import service offers supply chain certainty for better planning, inventory management, and cost savings

MADISON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Maersk Line, the leading containerized shipping carrier in the world, announces an ultra-reliable, new Flagship import service direct from Asia to five key markets in North America – Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Memphis, and Northwest Ohio.

In 2011, Maersk Line announced a new operational model ‘Absolute Reliability’ when it introduced the Daily Maersk service in the Asia-Europe trade. This model based on total transportation time and cargo arriving at a promised delivery date, every single time, effectively streamlines supply chains and improves time to market. Now, Maersk Line takes another step toward achieving ‘Absolute Reliability’ by offering this new Flagship service, powered by BNSF Railway, in North America.

Maersk Line’s Flagship service offers five products: Chicago Flagship, Dallas Flagship, Houston Flagship, Memphis Flagship, and Northwest Ohio Flagship. Each features dedicated, non-stop rail service that arrives at an agreed time, every time in each key market location. Flagship trains bypass connecting points along the route allowing for unmatched service velocity. By ensuring on-time delivery, Maersk Line becomes an extension of a customer’s production line to increase supply chain efficiencies, improve inventory management, and help move products to market as planned.

Flagship service has been made possible in part due to investments made by Maersk Line and BNSF over the last several years. These investments have allowed for BNSF rail network expansion, state-of-the-art intermodal facilities, and increased loading capabilities at the ports. This commitment will enable the two companies to offer customers fixed transits and unmatched 95% on-time delivery.

This inland North America investment by two industry leaders has the potential to create a healthier, more balanced U.S. import and export system. With regular non-stop inland rail service, greater reliability and equipment availability, this new intermodal offering will help increase and advance U.S. export growth. The five markets represent the initial implementation of this Flagship service with possible expansion to follow.

Three services of Maersk Line’s ultra-reliable Transpacific import service network will offer Flagship service, the TP5, TP6 and TP8. Each connects with Flagship service at the port of Los Angeles. TP5 and TP6 were rated 100% reliable based on Drewry Maritime Research’s Q1 2012 report. By strategically aligning with BNSF Railway, the U.S. intermodal carrier with the highest on-time performance, Maersk Line has the one-two reliability punch necessary for ‘Absolute Reliability’ in North America.

“We are extremely excited to introduce this highly reliable and innovative new Transpacific Flagship service to our dry and reefer cargo customers. While we understand that having a competitive transit is important, speed is not the essence of this service, being on-time is. With Flagship service and intermodal leader BNSF, we’ll further support shippers in North America to optimize their supply chains,” said Timothy O’Connell, Sr. Director Trade and Marketing, Maersk Line North America. “Absolute Reliability is not about being faster. It’s about being absolutely reliable based on time.”

“BNSF is pleased to collaborate with Maersk Line, a long-term customer, to once again bring next generation intermodal solutions to customers around the world. We look forward to delivering the best on-time performance levels and service reliability to help shippers achieve superior supply chain performance,” said Steve Branscum, BNSF group vice president, Consumer Products Marketing.

“Supply chains continue to be finely tuned and are a business area that companies focus on more and more to help improve overall operational performance. We understand that our customers must be more efficient to compete. This means that they can’t afford to have high inventory safety stocks and supply chain disruptions that result in unnecessary costs,” commented Craig Mygatt, Sr. Vice President of Inland Operations, Maersk Line North America. “That is why we continue to innovate and introduce products such as this Flagship service. It is an exciting solution for today’s supply chains. We have listened to shippers and know that reliability is a key feature that supports their supply chains. We’re pushing to extend our highly reliable ocean performance to key inland markets in order to provide a more robust service to our customers.”

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About BNSF

BNSF Railway is one of North America's leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,000 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain, industrial goods and low-sulfur coal that help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. And we are working continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve. You can learn more about BNSF at

About Maersk Line

Maersk Line, the leading global container shipping company in the world and a division of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, is dedicated to delivering the highest level of customer-focused, reliable global ocean transportation service.

The Maersk Line global service network penetrates the world’s major ports and local markets directly and via dedicated feeder networks. This broad and extensive network is supported by a global staff of 25,000 employees in 325 offices, located in more than 125 countries. Resources to ensure exceptional service performance include: 3.4 million containers—including 10,000+ flat-rack and open tops, and over 600 container vessels that are among the most modern, secure, and environmentally friendly to sail the oceans.

Maersk Line is committed to innovating to deliver industry-leading on-time delivery, faster and easier ocean freight processes and support, and environmental sustainability.

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