The Mediterranean Shipping Company is to intensify its direct coverage between the Indian Subcontinent and the Red Sea, East Africa and South Africa. MSC will therefore revise three of its regional services, all of which presently connect with the carrier’s mainline network at Salalah, and extend them by means of adding direct link to India and / or Pakistan.
The extension of the three loops will at the same time ‘absorb’ a few MSC-operated single-ship shuttle services and ad-hoc trips between Oman’s Salalah gateway and India.
Effective this month, MSC is to extend the following three services:
- The current ‘Red Sea’ service is extended east of Salalah with the addition of calls at Mundra, Karachi and Bin Qasim. The new rotation reads as follows: Mundra, Karachi, Bin Qasim, Salalah, Djibouti, Jeddah, Aqaba, Sokhna, Port Sudan. The rotation will to be stretched from three to four weeks and a forth, yet to be nominated, vessel is to be deployed.
- The current ‘Middle East East Africa’ service so far serving Mombasa and Dar Es Salaam from Salalah, is extended east to Mundra and Nhava Sheva. The new rotation will be stretched from three to four weeks and will read: Salalah, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Mundra, Nhava Sheva. MSC will ensure a weekly fixed-day service with four vessels in the 1,928 to 2,394 teu range.
- The current ‘South Africa Sub Continent’ service will be extended to Mundra, India and it will add a call at Port Louis. The Salalah call will be dropped, whereas the Jebel Ali call will be retained. The revised service will have the following rotation: Mundra, Port Louis, Durban, Coega (aka Ngqura), Jebel Ali, Mundra. The loop, thus regains the Indian leg, which it had lost a year ago, when MSC decided to drop the subcontinent. The loop will turn in 35 days with five ships.