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Maersk Line shows strong, long-term commitment to Papua New Guinea

Maersk Line’s PNG Express service connects importers and exporters to Maersk Line’s global network, offering them the ability to move containers across the globe with the leading carrier in the industry, and in turn providing a world of opportunity for Papua New Guinea to increase competitiveness on the world stage of trade.

20.04.15 Image - Papua New Guinea Port Call

Maersk Line has been operating in Papua New Guinea (PNG) since 2011, and are committed to a long-term and growing presence here. To commemorate this milestone and their sustained commitment to PNG, Maersk Line welcomed Maersk Alabama – Maersk Line’s first US vessel to call Papua New Guinea.

Maersk Alabama, a geared containership, was built in 1998 with a capacity of 1,068 TEU. She became part of Maersk Line’s U.S. Flag fleet in November of 2004.

“Maersk Line’s and Inchcape’s business has grown substantially over the years in PNG, which is one of the fast-growing markets in the world.” explains Nicolaj Noes, Managing Director of Maersk Line –Australia and Papua New Guinea. “We are committed to PNG for the long-term, and are proud to be contributing to the country’s economic growth by connecting PNG to the rest of the world. The Maersk Alabama vessel with her greater capacity supports that ambition and extends our commitment to this important growth market”.

“We are encouraged at the increasing trade between the United States and Papua Guinea. I commend Maersk Line for its role in facilitating this growth.” Walter North, the US Ambassador to Papua New Guinea said.

Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea stated “A robust supply chain, supported by an integrated and efficient ocean transportation network, enables Papua New Guinean exporters and importers to be competitive internationally. This is an important connection between our local economy and the global market. We welcome Maersk Line’s operations in Papua New Guinea and encourage their ongoing engagement to grow our economy and create jobs.”

The vessel Maersk Alabama voyage 1505 called Port Moresby on 13th April. To celebrate the occasion, Maersk Line hosted esteemed dignitaries including the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, the US Ambassador Walter North, media and special guests at Port Moresby.