Thursday, October 23, 2014

2M Vessel Share Partner Sets Up Own Container Shipping Services for US Ports

Lack of Joint Coverage Negated as MSC Opts for its Own Routings
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – US – Whilst the new 2M vessel sharing agreement (VSA) with Maersk Line will give Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) customers a comprehensive list of services which the Swiss based container carrier says will deliver outstanding operational benefits for MSC clients, the proposed schedule did not include direct services to Boston or Philadelphia. With this in mind MSC has confirmed its continued direct shipping services from Northern Europe to the key US ports of Boston and Philadelphia with a revised service due to come into effect in early 2015.

MSC says that these updated routes will ensure it offers complete coverage of North American ports, seamless continuity of service and faster transit times. MSC considers it strategically important to maintain services into Boston and Philadelphia, and to do so while delivering improved transit times from North Europe is a double success.

MSC looks forward to years of growth servicing the Philadelphia market region, and says it is grateful for the support of the State of Pennsylvania and its Governor, Tom Corbett. MSC and Governor Corbett's administration worked together on an innovative solution to increase volume in Pennsylvania's ports to the benefit of its economy. Commitment to growth, excellence and successful partnerships are values that both parties say they have in common.

The provisional rotation for the westbound service will be as follows (days in brackets):

Antwerp (1) – Bremerhaven (3) – Rotterdam (5) – Le Havre (6) – Boston (14) – Philadelphia (16)

Photo: MSC Rachele – Stephen Waller