As announced at the beginning of August, a new Port Said to Black Sea feeder service, branded ‘BSF’, is to be launched by members of the ‘G6’ carrier alliance. Originally scheduled to start operations in early September, the new loop’s first sailing has been deferred by about one month.
The creation of the new ‘BSF’ follows the suspension of the G6 alliance’s ‘ABX’ Far East to Black Sea loop and it aims at serving ports formerly covered directly on that service via transhipment at Port Said.
The loop will be operated by Hapag-Lloyd and MOL, whereas APL, NYK, and Hyundai are expected to take slots. OOCL appears to have opted for an alternative solution with slots on the Zim-operated Far East to Black Sea service ‘EMX’.
A fleet of two ships will provide weekly fixed-day sailings on the service’s 14-day round trip: The MOL-operated 2,762 teu ATHENA, and the 2,825 teu MOZART, operated by Hapag-Lloyd.
The ‘BSF’ will call at Port Said, Ashdod, Ambarli (Istanbul Area), Constantza, Odessa, Ambarli (Istanbul Area), Ashdod and Port Said.
Transhipment options via Egypt include the G6’s Far East to Med service ‘EUM’ which recently moved its Egypt call from Damietta to Port Said and the Far East to Europe ‘Loop 4’, which is to add east- and westbound calls at Port Said soon.