MSC has a plan to keep global trade moving

MSC group president and chief executive Diego Aponte says that the line has introduced a Suspension of Transit programme that uses major transhipment hubs including Bremerhaven, Turkey’s Tekirdag Asyaport, Busan, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port, Lome in Togo and Panama as advance storage posts to help shippers begin moving goods early in anticipation of a resumption in demand. In Europe MSC is also using short-sea shipping networks to avoid new ... [+]

Shipping lines turn to green tech

MSC says it has become the first major shipping line to use 30% biofuel blends. It has started to routinely use biofuel in its vessels calling in Rotterdam following successful trials earlier this year. Heavylift operator SAL meanwhile said it had become the first shipping company in the world to adopt ... [+]

MSC welcomes world’s largest box ship

The MSC Gülsün, the world’s largest container ship, has arrived in Europe after completing its maiden voyage from north China on 19 August. She is the first of a new class of 23,000+ teu vessels being introduced in 2019-20, with space for over 2,000 refrigerated containers. The vessel also offers ... [+]

Liverpool wins Turkey and Canada links

MSC is to introduce a new call in Liverpool, as part of a rotation including Canada, Turkey and southern European ports. It follows the news that the 2M alliance, of which MSC is a member with Maersk, will make Liverpool a permanent call on its TA4 transatlantic service. The new Canada ... [+]

MSC moves to combat congestion

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is revising its East-West services between Asia and Europe to counter the effects of congestion at main ports. Schedules will include longer time buffers and it will phase in additional vessels. Implementation of the new network is planned for early March 2019. [+]

Container lines to forge common IT platform

IT executives from MSC, AP Moller–Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, and Ocean Network Express plan to set up an association that will create common information technology standards for the container shipping industry. Members of the group identified a need for a neutral and non-profit body for ocean carriers that is driven ... [+]

Blockchain on test in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Ports subsidiary Maqta Gateway is pilot testing the international blockchain solution Silsal in partnership with shipping line MSC. The project will test the capabilities of the technology to exchange, identify, and acknowledge cargo documents and certificates between Abu Dhabi Ports and other port operators. [+]

Indian subcont service swaps Felixstowe for London Gateway

MSC and its VSA partners in the IPAK service to and from the Indian subcontinent are to suspend the service’s Felixstowe call on and replace it with London Gateway from 9 September. It follows problems with a new IT system at the Suffolk port. [+]

Kenya National line ‘to rise again’

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta says that the country is planning to revive its state-owned shipping line with the help of the Mediterranean Shipping (MSC), according to news agency Bloomburg. Kenyatta has signed an agreement with MSC’s first vice president Giovanni Cuomo. The report says that the original Kenya National Shipping Line, ... [+]

Liverpool to handle biggest box ships yet

Peel Ports’ new Liverpool2, container terminal will handle its largest regular caller to date when the 2M (Maersk and MSC) alliance temporarily switch their TA2 transatlantic service from Felixstowe on 22 July. At the same time, Maersk Line’s Colombia Express will also start an export service from Liverpool to Newark, New ... [+]

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