MSC modifies South Africa – East Africa service and adds Dar es Salaam

tanzania terminal

Tanzania International Container terminal Services (TICTS) handles more than 75 pct of Tanzania’s trade / Credit: TICTS

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced a revision of its weekly South Africa – East Africa service. As of this month, a new call at Dar es Salaam will be added to the service’s port rotation.

Earlier this year, the loop had dropped calls at Maputo and Nacala, now served on a dedicated Mozambique feeder from Durban that MSC launched in April. This later allowed the carrier to shorten the round trip time from four to three weeks. Despite the addition of Dar es Salaam, MSC plans to maintain the 21-day turn-around and it continues to deploy a fleet of three 2,000+ teu vessels.

The 2,078 teu MSC JASMINE will make the first sailing under the revised rotation which now reads: Coega (aka Ngqura), Durban, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Beira, Coega (aka Ngqura).

Following the revision, the  South Africa – East Africa relay will be MSC’ second service calling at Dar es Salaam, adding to the Italo-Swiss’ carrier’s Tanzania service from Salalah.

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