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MSC announces new line connecting India with West Mediterranean

MSC will launch a new direct service, which will link India with the West Mediterranean, starting mid-December.

The purpose of this direct connection between the two regions for the Swiss/Italian container carrier is to reduce transshipment for customers and provide expedited transit times.

The service will offer Mundra to Genoa in 19 days, Valencia in 23 days and Nhava Sheva to Barcelona in 16 days, with no transshipment required between load and discharge ports, according to MSC’s announcement.

The first sailing will be with the 4,800 TEU container vessel MSC Shanghai from Abu Dhabi on 19 December.

The port rotation of the new service is the following:

Abu Dhabi (UAE) – Jebel Ali (UAE) – Mundra (India)– Nhava Sheva (India) – Djibouti (Africa)– Gioia Tauro (Italy)– Genoa (Genoa) –Barcelona (Spain)– Valencia (Spain)– Salerno (Italy)–Gioia Tauro (Italy)– Marsaxlokk (Malta)– King Abdullah (Saudi Arabia)– Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) – Abu Dhabi (UAE).

Source: Container News


MSC and Maersk accused of abusing container dominance in Brazil

The Brazilian Association of Port Terminals (ABTP) has filled a legal request at the Administrative Economic Defense Council (CADE) of Brazil to investigate the impact of the two largest container lines in the world, MSC and Maersk, on the country’s port market.

ABTP accuses the two container shipping giants of abusing their domination in the box shipping sector in Brazil to give advantages to their own terminals, raising costs and reducing options for the flow of cargo in the country.

ABTP has noted that the two members of the 2M Alliance are responsible for 79% of containers (53% directly and another 26% through commercial agreements) transported along the Brazilian coast. According to them, the control of the flow of cargo is done in such a way that the seven port terminals owned by the two companies would be favored to the detriment of others, even in cases in which other ports are closer to the origin/destination of the cargo.

The terminals that are controlled by MSC and Maersk are three in Santa Catarina and one in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, and Ceará each and are currently handling approximately 50% of the containerised cargo movement in Brazil.

“The situation should still get worse because the two companies must reach the eighth container terminal, at Estaleiro Atlântico Sul (in Pernambuco),” pointed out Jesualdo Conceição Silva, president of ABTP.

There are 19 other terminals in the country which are not owned by MSC and Maersk and there is a risk of a “generalised crash” if no action will be taken, according to ABTP’s president.

Source: Container News


MSC comments on new IMO regulations about carbon intensity measures

Amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI are effective from 1 November.

Although the largest container shipping line in the world MSC said it will support and fully comply with the CII regulation through a range of measures, the company commented on several points of the new regulation alterations.

Based on estimates, CII is expected to absorb about 7-10% of capacity across the global container fleet [i.e. across multiple shipping lines] as vessels are deployed to meet both the needs of customers and the required CII standards, according to MSC’s spokesman, who noted that the calculation methodology (AER/DWT) should be revised to avoid unintended consequences that would distort the performance of a vessel that spends a lot of time in port.

“The proposed methodology could lead to situations in which a vessel’s rating would worsen simply because it spends more time in port. We respectfully question whether this unintended consequence could be avoided by amending the methodology,” pointed out MSC’s representative.

“CII should not effectively penalise vessels trading on shorter distances and while waiting alongside,” he added.

Meanwhile, from 1 January 2023, it will be mandatory for all ships to calculate their attained Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) to measure their energy efficiency and to initiate the collection of data for the reporting of their annual operational carbon intensity indicator (CII) and CII rating.

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General, Kitack Lim commented, “the short-term GHG reduction measures, adopted in 2021, form a comprehensive set of amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, which provide important building blocks for IMO’s future mid-term greenhouse gas reduction measures.”

MSC’s representative stated, “We have assessed that it will not be possible to achieve the required standards without a new programme of voyage optimisation that includes elements such as speed reductions and injecting additional ships into the network. Just-in-time port call optimisation will also play a role.”

“It would be far better to have an operational indicator that would reward more productive ships, including based on cargo carried rather than on a theoretical value that may not correlate to transport work performed,” he concluded.

Source: Container News


MSC mega container vessel calls in Vietnam

MSC selected Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) to handle its largest boxship ever to call Vietnam, named MSC Ditte, which has a container capacity of 19,224 TEUs.

The mega container vessel is operated on 2M Alliance’s Pearl service, connecting Vietnam with the US West Coast.

With average crane productivity of nearly 32 containers/hour/crane and 23-row outreach, CMIT, APM Terminal’s joint venture with Vietnam Maritime Corporation and Saigon Port,  handled almost 16,000 TEUs of import, export, transshipment and empty containers.

The CMIT deep-water port is categorised as a special port cluster according to the master plan of Vietnam’s seaport system 2021-2030.

In August 2022, Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport approved a total investment of over US$60 billion from the state budget to upgrade the CM-TV channel, while the country’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) has also approved the Environmental Impact Assessment report of the project which will begin earliest at the end of this year/early next year at the latest.

“On completion, the access channel to CMIT will reach a minimum depth of 15.5m with a 350m width, further improving conditions for CMIT to enhance the port’s appeal to mega vessels,” noted APM Terminals.

Source: Container News


MSC’s new service directly connects Port Everglades with Far East Asia

The 4,675 TEU container vessel MSC Rochelle called Port Everglades on 30 September, marking the connection of the major port in Florida with the Far East via a direct container service for the first time since 2011.

The world’s largest box line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) launched its new Zephyr service this summer with direct weekly connections from northern China and South Korea to the Southeast United States.

The Zephyr service includes a direct call to Port Everglades, which previously had only been offered via transshipment.

The service rotation is Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan, Cristobal, Houston, Port Everglades, Savannah, Lazaro Cardenas, Shanghai.

“Port Everglades is experiencing a surge in cargo coming from new markets throughout the world thanks to MSC and the company’s recognition of the port’s growth potential as we deepen and widen our navigation channels and invest in cranes and other cargo handling infrastructure,” said Port Everglades chief executive and port director, Jonathan Daniels.

Source: Container News


World’s largest container line MSC enters air cargo market

The world’s largest container shipping company, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA aims to enter the air freight market, starting the development of a new MSC Air Cargo solution.

According to a recent announcement, MSC Air Cargo has been under development for several months and the new solution will be available from early 2023, following the delivery of the first of four MSC-branded Boeing 777-200F aircraft that will be operated by Atlas Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

“This is our first step into this market and we plan to continue exploring various avenues to develop air cargo in a way that complements our core business of container shipping,” stated MSC chief executive officer, Soren Toft.

MSC has appointed Jannie Davel, formerly of Delta Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and DHL, to develop its air cargo business and to build the team that will run the new sector of MSC.

Commenting on the new initiative, Toft said, “We are delighted to announce the development of MSC Air Cargo and to welcome Jannie Davel to spearhead this exciting new offering for MSC clients.”

Source: Container News


MSC commences new West Africa regional service

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced the launch of a new service to Bissau, the capital city of Guinea-Bissau, on the coast of West Africa, with connections via Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s Canary Islands.

“This fortnightly service will enable import and export to/from Guinea Bissau via our transshipment hub Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, offering connections with the country’s main trade partners in Asia, Europe and South America East Coast,” said MSC in a statement.

The company believes that the new service, which is expected to start soon, will enhance its presence in the region, where MSC has already had a network of direct and feeder services connecting West Africa to the rest of the world.

Source: Container News


MSC launches new service on intra-Asia trade

MSC has announced the launch of the Pertiwi service on the Intra-Asia trade, which is expected to start in early July.

The new service will provide a direct link from North China and Korea to South-East Asia and MSC said it will offer “improved transit times and more service offerings”.

The service rotation will be Busan – Qingdao – Incheon – Dalian – Tianjin Xingang – Vung Tau – Laem Chabang – Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Jakarta – Panjang – Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Busan

The 2,500 TEU container ship Cardiff Trader will be deployed on the first sailing of the service with an estimated time of arrival at the port of Busan on 8 July 2022.

Source: Container News


MSC to push up European rates

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced the introduction of new Freight All Kinds (FAK) rate increases that will be implemented from and to European ports and will be effective from 1 April but not beyond 30 April.

Firstly, the Geneva-headquartered ocean carrier will set FAK rate increases in sailings from the ports of Melbourne and Auckland in Oceania to the ports of Antwerp and Valencia, in Belgium and Spain, respectively.

The new prices after the increase, which will be introduced in all 20′, 40′ dry van (DV) and high cube (HC) containers, will be as follows:

Port of loading Port of discharge Commodity Rate 20 DV Rate 40 DV Rate 40 HC BRC 20 DV BRC 40 DV BRC 40 HC
Melbourne Antwerp Freight All Kinds (FAK) 8,500


11,000 439 878 878
Melbourne Valencia Freight All Kinds (FAK) 8,500


11,000 439 878 878
Auckland Antwerp Freight All Kinds (FAK) 9,000



439 878 878
Auckland Valencia Freight All Kinds (FAK) 9,000



439 878 878

Furthermore, MSC will apply FAK rate increases in shipments from European ports to the United States, and particularly, from Genova, La Spezia, Antwerp and Bremerhaven to New York and Long Beach.

The newly formed prices that will be set in the aforementioned types of cargo will be the following:

Port of loading Port of discharge Commodity New Base Rates Former Base Rates BRC
20 DV 40 DV-HC 20 DV 40 DV-HC 20 DV 40 DV-HC
Genova New York Freight All Kinds (FAK) 9,500 13,500 8,500 11,500 448 896
La Spezia Long Beach Freight All Kinds (FAK) 13,000 18,500 11,000 14,500 621 1’242
Antwerp New York Freight All Kinds (FAK) 8,000


 7,000 8,000 448 896


Long Beach

Freight All Kinds (FAK) 10,500 13,500 8,500 9,500 621 1’242

Source: Container News


2M Alliance reschedules European services due to congestion issues

The largest container alliance in the world, 2M Alliance has decided to change the rotation of several services in Europe, due to port congestions and supply chain issues.

In particular, the alliance, which comprises Maersk and MSC, has announced that its Condor/AE7 service will be calling at Wilhelmshaven instead of Felixstowe until the end of the year, due to the ongoing congestion issues at Britain’s major port.

The first ship that will sail under the updated rotation will be the 15,908TEU MSC New York, voyage NR136W and the last one will be the 11,000TEU Eleonora Maersk voyage 144W.

The import cargo bound for the Port of Felixstowe will be routed via a shuttle service from Antwerp, according to the statement.

Additionally, 2M Alliance said that it will be omitting Antwerp on its Griffin/AE55 service and will have an inducement call at Le Havre for the next five sailings.

“As the situation at Antwerp has not improved, we will be continuing with the temporary port rotation change arrangement for the next few weeks,” note MSC.

Last but not least, 2M Alliance will omit the port of Le Havre at the Lion/AE6 service for the next four sailings, and they will continue to combine the Antwerp call.

Source: Container News