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MSC commences new Asia services

MSC announced the launch of its new service, Britannia, which will enhance port connections via a unique corridor from China and Vietnam to Liverpool, UK.

This new loop offers access to the port of Vung Tau, Vietnam, establishing a direct service to Liverpool, UK, and MSC's hubs in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Antwerp, Belgium; and Hamburg, Germany. It also connects to destinations in Scandinavia and the Baltics, thereby expanding the company's coverage from China and Vietnam to the UK and Northwest Continent.

The first sailing will be the vessel MSC DENISSE X on 1 July, voyage number QB427W.

The full rotation is as follows:

Shanghai, China > Ningbo, China > Yantian, China > Vung Tau, Vietnam > Liverpool, UK > Rotterdam, Netherlands > Antwerp, Belgium > Hamburg, Germany > London Gateway, UK > Singapore, Singapore >Shanghai, China

Furthermore, MSC announced the launch of an additional new weekly service, Carioca, connecting Asia with the East Coast of South America.

This service will enhance coverage and increase connectivity and frequency with Asia on this trade route, complementing MSC's existing Ipanema and Santana services.

Specifically, the Carioca service will:
- Extend port coverage by adding calls to Itapoa and Rio de Janeiro
- Improve connections to Navegantes, Vitoria, and the River Plate region via Rio de Janeiro
- Increase sailing frequency from Korea and China to South Brazil (Santos and Paranagua)

The full rotation will be as follows:

Busan, South Korea > Shanghai, China > Ningbo, China > Shekou, China > Singapore, Singapore > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil >Paranagua, Brazil > Itapoa, Brazil > Santos, Brazil > Itaguai, Brazil > Colombo, Sri Lanka > Singapore, Singapore > Busan, South Korea

The inaugural sailing is scheduled to depart from Busan on 19 July, with MSC YOKOHAMA, voyage QI429A.

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