The Mediterranean Shipping Company and Maersk Line will slightly remodel their joint service from the Central and Western Med to Brazil. The loop is branded as ‘Rumba’ by Maersk Line, whereas MSC does not really give the service a marketing name but simply refers to it as Med-Brazil.
- So far, the ‘Rumba’ service had maintained somewhat irregular southbound calls at Suape in the greater Recife area. Effective immediately these calls are suspended for good.
- The planned introduction of an additional southbound (import) call at Santos has not materialised, but Santos continues to be served northbound.
- The service’s past call at Itapoa, dropped in March, is to be reinstated in mid-September.
After these changes, the ‘Rumba’ service’s rotation will be as follows:
Gioia Tauro, Valencia, Algeciras, Pecem (Praia Mole), Salvador, Itapoa, Paranagua, Itajai, Navegantes, Santos, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tanger Med, Algeciras, Gioia Tauro.
Until the beginning of August, the weekly service turned in 42 days with six vessels. The rotation is stretched one week, to 49 days, and one ship is added in order to maintain the weekly frequency. MSC provides six ships in the size range from 6,700 teu to 8,800 teu, including four compact wide beam ships of 300m x 48m. Maersk Line provides the ‘Sammax MK-II’ type MAERSK LANCO. The loop has seen a massive capacity increase this year, as many ships in the 4,000 teu to 6,000 teu size range have been replaced by bigger units.