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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9/12/2006

New Maersk Brazil Service

The world's largest ocean carrier, Maersk Line, is realigning its liner service to Brazil, resulting in weekly vessel calls for Charleston.

Maersk said the move is designed to improve coverage for the Brazilian market, where the Port of Charleston has a strong market share. Charleston handles 25% of all container trade between the South American east coast and U.S. ports from Virginia to Miami.

Maersk, the Port of Charleston's biggest customer, is ending its “NASA2” joint service with French-based CMA-CGM that covers the east coast of South America trade and will streamline its “NASA1” service on the same north-south route.