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 a range of environmental, efficiency, stability and safety improvements. [+]

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 ... [+]

MSC to make temporary cut to Asia/Europe service

MSC says it will make a temporary adjustment to its Asia-Europe services around the end of the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of 2018 due to the anticipated slowdown in demand after the Golden Week holiday in the Far East. It plans to suspend one of its ... [+]

Felixstowe hit by IT woes

Shipping lines and freight forwarders are reporting continued disruption at the Port of Felixstowe after teething problems hit a new terminal operating system. MSC said it was carrying out a diversion plan to minimise the impact on customers, while Cosco said it was divert vessels and cancelling calls in the Suffolk ... [+]

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