Containerized shipping carrier Maersk Line announces a reliable, new Flagship import service direct from Asia to five key markets in North America: Chicago IL, Dallas-Fort Worth TX, Houston TX, Memphis TN, and northwest Ohio.

In 2011, Maersk Line announced a new operational model —”Absolute Reliability”—when it introduced the Daily Maersk service in the Asia-Europe trade. This model based on total transportation time and cargo arriving at a promised delivery date, every single time, streamlines supply chains and improves time to market. Now, Maersk Line takes another step toward Absolute Reliability by offering this new Flagship service, powered by BNSF Railway, in North America.

The Flagship service offers Chicago Flagship, Dallas Flagship, Houston Flagship, Memphis Flagship, and Northwest Ohio Flagship. Each features dedicated, non-stop rail service that arrives at an agreed time, every time in each market location. Flagship trains bypass connecting points along the route, allowing for superior service velocity.

Flagship service has been made possible in part due to investments made by Maersk Line and BNSF over the past several years. These investments have allowed for BNSF rail network expansion, state-of-the-art intermodal facilities, and increased loading capabilities at the ports. This commitment will enable the two companies to offer fixed transits and 95% on-time delivery.

The five markets represent the initial implementation of this Flagship service with possible expansion to follow.

Three services of Maersk Line’s Transpacific import service network will offer Flagship service: the TP5, TP6, and TP8. Each connects with Flagship service at the Port of Los Angeles. TP5 and TP6 were rated 100% reliable based on Drewry Maritime Research’s Q1 2012 report.

“We are extremely excited to introduce this highly reliable and innovative new Transpacific Flagship service to our dry and reefer cargo customers,” said Timothy O’Connell, senior director–trade and marketing, Maersk Line North America. “While we understand that having a competitive transit is important, speed is not the essence of this service—being on time is. With Flagship service and intermodal leader BNSF, we’ll further support shippers in North America to optimize their supply chains.”

Access www.maerskline.com or www.BNSF.com for further information.