The Swiss-Italo operator MSC and its partner CSAV are to add a call at the new Saudi Arabian port of King Abdullah to their joint North Europe – Middle East – India ‘IPAK’ service. Starting with the voyage of the 8,762 teu MSC ANTIGUA, King Abullah Port will be served from 2 November with calls in the eastbound direction.
King Abdullah is a new development located about 100km north of Jeddah on the Saudi Red Sea Coast. The new deep-water container terminal is a joint venture between the Saudi developers of King Abullah Economic City, a large business, industrial and residential complex, and Terminal Investments Limited (TIL). This Dutch-registered port operator is a sister company of MSC.
The ‘IPAK’s’ revised rotation reads: Rotterdam, Antwerp, Felixstowe, Suez Canal (way point), King Abdullah City, Jeddah, Salalah, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jeddah, Suez Canal (way point), Gioia Tauro, Valencia, Rotterdam.
Under the proposed new Far East to Europe / Med pattern of the P3 alliance, subject to regulatory approval and likely to be implemented in 2014, King Abdullah Port is to be added to the ‘Lion/FAL2/AE2’, ‘Dragon/WMED1/AE20’ and ‘Tiger/AEGEX/AE15’ services.