Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd upgrade Med to WCNA loop

Manuel Hernandez Lafuente

The 4,252 teu SEASPAN DALIAN, one of the ships participating to the upgrade of the ‘MPS’ service / Credit: Manuel Hernandez Lafuente

The joint Mediterranean to WCNA service ‘MPS’ of Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd is being upgraded this month with the phase in of several ships of 4,200 teu. The new ships displaced vessels of 2,400 to 2,800 teu.

Between this week and early September, four ships of the larger type will join the service. All of them are brought in by Hapag-Lloyd.

The move appears to be the start of an overall upgrade of the ‘MPS’ service, which currently employs a fleet of 11 ships on a 77 day round trip and which trades along the following rotation:

Livorno, Genoa, Fos-sur-mer, Barcelona, Valencia, Cartagena (Col), Panama Canal (waypoint), Manzanillo (Mex), Los Angeles, Oakland, Tacoma, Vancouver, Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles, Manzanillo (Mex), Panama Canal (waypoint), Manzanillo (Pan), Cartagena (Col), Caucedo, Lisbon, Tanger Med, Valencia, Cagliari, Livorno.

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