MSC has announced the launch of a new, multimodal service connecting Turkey with the German town Ludwigshafen through Trieste of Italy which will take effect on 10 September.
The Swiss carrier said it will establish the following intermodal service in order to improve rail capacity and reduce transit time between Turkey and Germany.
Starting from Turkish ports of Istanbul, Tekirdag, Gemlik, Derince on the Adriakia seaborne service, and Mersin, Izmir on the Line D seaborne service, the containers will arrive at Trieste of Italy, where the service will continue by train with final destination to the German industrial zone Ludwigshafen, in an estimated time of 12 days.
The weekly service will depart from Trieste each Thursday, arriving in Ludwigshafen each Saturday.
Business Development and Project Specialist for MSC Turkey, Cem Kurtuldu noted that space availability on existing rail services is limited compared to existing and potential volumes moving particularly from Turkey to Germany and added, "This service will improve reliability for our customers and, thanks to MSC’s intermodal investments within Germany, we can provide an expedited and secure door-to-door service between the two destinations."
The service is designed to offer customers transporting auto parts, chemicals, textiles, packaging, food, pharmaceuticals and many other commodities expedited transit times between Turkey and Germany, according to MSC.