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Hamburg Süd is to launch a direct liner service between North, Central and South America at the start of January 2013. The shipping group will deploy five vessels with a nominal slot capacity of 1,850teu, including reefer plugs. It replaces the current Cartagena – California Service.

The new service has the following port rotation: Guayaquil – Balboa – Puerto Quetzal – Los Angeles – Oakland – Manzanillo – Puerto Quetzal – Balboa – Paita – Guayaquil.