A Maersk Line Ltd. cargo ship docked at the Subic port for the first time using the Intra-Asia 4 (IA4) direct route service to avoid congestion at the port of Manila. The IA4 is a weekly service, which Maersk can use along with the Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia) and Singapore trans-shipment ports. On Friday, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia said that the direct route will allow importers to get their cargo faster. SBMA Seaport Department Manager Jerome Martinez said Maersk maiden voyage unloaded 12 cargo containers. He added that several international shipping lines have also opened direct routes to Subic since November last year. Maersk Line, the largest operating unit of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, is considered the biggest container shipping company in the world in terms of revenue. It operates more than 600 vessels with a total container capacity of 3.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). SBMA officials noted that the entry to Subic of new shipping lines with direct routes from foreign ports started after President Aquino issued Executive Order 172, which classified Subic’s NCT-2 and the Port of Batangas as extension ports to help ease congestion in the Port of Manila.