Hapag-Lloyd today announced the launch of a new Italy – Egypt – Turkey service, branded ‘LEX’.
The new weekly fixed-day service will call at: Cagliari, Genoa, Livorno, Naples, Salerno, Cagliari, Alexandria, Damietta, Port Said, Mersin, Izmir, Cagliari.
Effectively, it will thus be a butterfly loop based at the Sardinian port of Cagliari, the main central Med hub for the Grand Alliance i.e. G6 Alliance of which Hapag-Lloyd is a member. The butterfly will have an Italian wing and an Egypt-Turkey wing.
The inaugural sailings on the 21-day round trip will set sail with the 1,296 teu VECHT TRADER, departing Alexandria on 16 June and with the 1,730 teu GLORIA, sailing from Cagliari on 18 June.
The new service adds to Hapag-Lloyd’s ‘ADX’ and it expands the Italy – Levant coverage of the German carrier. While the ‘ADX’ serves Italy’s Adriatic ports (Marghera and Ancona), the ‘LEX’ will serve Italy’s Thyrrenian ports (Genoa, Livorno, Naples, Salerno).
The extension of the Hamburg-based operator’s Thyrrenian coverage will also connect the Turkish and Egyptian ports to the US Gulf through Hapag-Lloyds ‘MGX’ and to Montreal through the ‘MCA’. Both these links will work via transhipment at Cagliari.
On a global note, the ‘LEX’ is the third loop connecting Cagliari to the Levant, alongside services offered by United Feeder and Arkas.