Friday, January 11, 2013

Container Shipping Line Adds New Port to Delight of Locals

MSC and Zim Collaborate Again on New Service
Shipping News Feature

US – WORLDWIDE - Delight this week in Tampa after the world’s second biggest container shipping group, the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), announced it is to commence imports and exports through the port. The Tampa Port Authority reports services will be in conjunction with Zim Integrated Shipping with whom MSC already has several route agreements and initially include direct calls on a Caribbean – South American loop at Caucedo, Kingston, Veracruz and Altamira.

MSC will initially supply three 3,000TEU vessels and Zim two more and other destinations can be served via the MSC global network. In common with many worldwide ports Tampa has expansion plans with the intention of quadrupling the footprint of the current container facilities to over 160 acres by working in partnership with terminal operator partner Ports America to add more berths, rail mounted gantry cranes and storage area.

The recently completed Tampa Gateway Rail Terminal offers Florida’s first on-dock unit train capability extending the Port’s reach beyond the state of Florida throughout the CSX Rail network encompassing the US Midwest and eastern seaboard and the port has bulk and break bulk cargo ability plus shipbuilding and repair facilities. Tampa Port Director & CEO Paul Anderson said he was delighted to welcome MSC saying:

“MSC will open up new destinations and options for exporters and importers via the Port of Tampa and we are excited to be working with them to expand trade and economic opportunities, not just for the Central Florida market but for the entire State and beyond.”

Local politicians were even more effusive with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn enthusing that the region would feel the effects of the move for years to come with the possibility of more jobs, adding:

"The bigger impact would be the long term reach and the extension of the reach of the Tampa port. This is a global carrier, we've never had somebody of this magnitude before, it opens up different markets for us, different type of products that we can bring in."

Photo: The Port of Tampa at night.