MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) has announced an upgrade to its intra-Asia network, adding a new service and updating its four existing strings.
Starting in week 30, the week of 20 July, the enhancements to the intra-Asia network offer direct connections for long haul cargo from Greater China and South East Asia, as well as comprehensive port coverage between Indonesia, South China, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, according to the company.
"This comes at a time when customers are showing increasing demand for new services to move cargo between key locations in Asia," said MSC.
The world's second-largest container carrier will launch the new Seahorse service on 25 July with the container vessel MSC Gianna starting its voyage from the Port of Tanjung Pelepas.
Seahorse service rotation: Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Jakarta – Yantian – Kaohsiung – Manila - Vung Tau – Laem Chabang – Tanjung Pelepas
The first voyage of the updated New Origami service will be on 25 July with the container ship SHATTA BHUM starting from Tanjung Pelepas.
New Origami service rotation: Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Vung Tao – Xiamen – Tokyo – Yokohama – Omaezaki – Yokkaichi – Nagoya – Vung Tau – Tanjung Pelepas
Shanghai is the starting port of the updated Seagull service, which will commence on 16 July with the boxship MP The Gronk.
Seagull service rotation: Shanghai – Ningbo - Xiamen – Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Laem Chabang – Vung Tau – Shanghai
The updated Lang Co Express will launch from Quinhon on 27 July with SPIRIT OF KOLKATA being deployed on the first voyage.
Lang Co Express service rotation: Quinhon – Da-Nang – Yantian – Hong Kong – Shekou – Quinhon
In addition, MSC will launch the updated Malyndo service from the port of Singapore on 21 July, using the container ship TG Athena.
Malyndo service rotation: Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Pasir Gudang – Port Kelang – Tanjung Pelepas
"Our newly updated services will link seamlessly to our other intra-Asia services and to our global ocean liner network, as well as to our inland and barge services within the Asia region," commented MSC, which also noted that loadings from Xiamen to Japan and from Japan to Xiamen will be open as from 1 August, subject to the authorities’ agreements.