New fortnightly shipping service into Port Chalmers

24 January 2023

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services is expanding its “New Zealand to Australia Service” (N2A) to include Port Chalmers.

The weekly service will call Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Napier and Lyttelton, with alternating fortnightly calls at Tauranga and Port Chalmers.

Port Otago Commercial Manager Craig Usher says the first ZIM vessel is due early February. “While the service will initially be fortnightly, that may increase to weekly over time, depending on demand from local exporters and importers. The three ZIM vessels on the New Zealand to Australia rotation are 1730 to 1800 TEU, adding valuable export capacity for lower South Island exporters. This provides direct options into two major Australian ports, namely Melbourne and Sydney.”

ZIM is a publicly owned (listed on the New York Stock Exchange) Israeli company, turning over more than $3 billion annually. Globally, it operates 70 vessels across 70 services. As a mid-size shipping line, ZIM’s point of difference is its agility, being able to respond to market signals quickly. It has operated in New Zealand since 2021, expanding its services over this period.

ZIM New Zealand General Manager David Mitchell says the upgraded service – which also sees Napier Port added to the rotation – complements the company’s existing New Zealand coverage. “Adding Napier and Port Chalmers to ZIM’s service offers our customers more choice and more connections between New Zealand, Australia, the Far East, North America and beyond, as well as enhancing our coastal services.”

ZIM has also upgraded capacity to 1700-plus TEU vessels on the New Zealand service in time for the summer-autumn agri and horticultural export season, with 5-6 day crossing times to Melbourne and onto Sydney, and onward connections to North America and Asia.


H Cygnus – 1800TEU, built 2022.
H Mercury – 1800 TEU, built 2022.
Big Lilly – 1730 TEU, built 1999.