MEDITERRANEAN Shipping Company and Hapag-Lloyd will begin offering a new Mediterranean-east coast South America service in October as part of the enforced restructuring of services resulting from Maersk’s take over of Hamburg Sud.
The new joint weekly service, branded MED/SAEC by MSC, will replace the carriers’ current offerings via a joint operation between MSC and Hamburg Sud, in which Hapag-Lloyd purchases slots, reported UK’s The Loadstar.
The port rotation of the MED/SAEC service is: Valencia, Barcelona, Genoa, Fos, Gioia Tauro, Valencia, Suape, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Paranagua, Itapoa, Montevideo, Navegantes, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Las Palmas, Valencia and then back to Barcelona.
It will turn in eight weeks and deploy eight vessels of 8,000-10,000 TEU, notes Alphaliner.
MSC said the first southbound sailing will depart from Barcelona on October 19 with its northbound voyage scheduled to commence from Paranagua on November 9.
In approving the acquisition of Hamburg Sud by Maersk Line in April, the European Commission called for an end to Hamburg Sud’s participation in five joint services, namely: Eurosal 1/SAWC, Eurosal 2/SAWC, EPIC 2, CCW/MEDANDES and MESA.
The EC accepted that Hamburg Sud would continue to operate within the consortia during the notice period, but said “a monitoring trustee will ensure that no anti-competitive information is shared between these five consortia and the merged entity” during this time.
The Maersk Group is expected to close the US$4.3 billion purchase of Hamburg Sud in the fourth quarter.