Seatrade launches Meridian FDD service

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Seatrade launches Meridian FDD service

Shipping group is to upgrade its New Zealand liner service to the Meridian liner service

Seatrade launches Meridian FDD service

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Seatrade has revealed that, from 9 January, it will upgrade its New Zealand service after almost two decades of successful Fast, Direct and Dedicated (FDD) services between Europe, the South Pacific Islands and New Zealand.

This new FDD liner service, to be named the Meridian service, will continue linking Europe to the South Pacific on its southbound leg and New Zealand to Europe on its northbound leg, but will now add Peru and USEC on the latter.

"Running completely independently and free of any alliance commitments with other carriers, Seatrade puts the customer at the heart of the Meridian service," the group said in a statement. "The service was shaped and designed in order to meet customers’ needs and offer logistics solutions to highly sensitive and delicate cargoes, without any compromise on the service quality."

The fully containerised Meridian service will be performed by eight modern container vessels including Seatrade’s 2,200 TEUs Colour Class newbuildings, with ultra-high reefer capacity intake of more than 700 plugs per vessel.

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