As of next month, the rotation of the Mediterranean to ECSA service ‘Rumba’, a joint operation of the Mediterranean Shipping Company and Maersk Line, is to be extended from six to seven weeks.
The ‘Rumba’ presently serves the following ports: Gioia Tauro, Valencia, Algeciras, Pecem, Salvador, Paranagua, Itajai, Navegantes, Santos, Las Palmas, Tanger Med, Algeciras, Gioia Tauro.
So far, no additional calls have been advertised and the extra week will be entirely dedicated to more time in port and an increased slow steaming. A fleet of six ships is trading on the ‘Rumba’ loop: the MSC AGADIR, MSC LORETTA, MSC ALBANY, MSC ANCHORAGE, MSC MAUREEN and MAERSK LANCO. A seventh, yet to be nominated, vessel will phase-in to retain weekly departures on the seven-week turnaround.
Earlier this year, MSC began a notable upgrade of the ‘Rumba’ loop and phased-in compact wide-beam units (300m x 48.20m) of 8,800 teu, which replaced ships of 5,500 teu.