TASMAN Asia Shipping, the independent liner operator in the Hong Kong-New Zealand and Pacific Islands trade, has announced a restructuring of services. From July 1, Tasman Asia will divide its New Zealand-Far East liner operations into two distinct services and introduce two more vessels to cover Hong Kong. The restructuring will see the establishment of an east Asia service, which will focus on trade between New Zealand, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan and a north Asia service which will include New Zealand, South Korea and Japan. In addition to serving the main ports, both services will offer express transshipment arrangements to and from a number of China ports. Four 22,000 deadweight tonne multi-purpose, self-sustaining vessels will be deployed in each service, offering a sailing frequency of 12 days. In the East Asia service, Tasman Asia will slash its transit times to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands by two weeks and introduce a break-bulk service for exporters.