The Tel Aviv based container line Zim is in the process of modifying two of its regional loops in the Eastern Med and Black Sea arena.
Effective immediately, Zim’s Israel – Cyprus – Black Sea – Greece – Turkey loop ‘BSX’ will stop calling at Limassol and Haifa. Having lost its Israel – Cyprus leg, the loop will henceforth turn at Piraeus. The revised rotation, shortened from a 21-day round trip to a 14-day roster, now reads: Piraeus, Constantza, Varna, Ambarli (Istanbul), Izmit, Gemlik, Thessaloniki, Izmir, Piraeus.
The WARNOW BELUGA has phased out, leaving a fleet of two vessels on the ‘BSX’. The 1,296 teu vessel has meanwhile joined Zim’s ‘MCS’ service, which will take over the Israel – Cyprus – Greece connection from the ‘BSX’.
So far an intra-East Med service between Haifa and Antalya, the loop is now extended to call in Piraeus and Thessaloniki as well as Cyprus. Further to this, the Alexandria call, abandoned in June, has been reinstated.
The round-trip time was extended by one week to 14 days, with two ships to ensure weekly fixed-day sailings on an extended rotation that reads: Haifa, Mersin, Antalya, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Alexandria, Limassol. The loop will also temporary call at Mersin on selected sailings in October.