Thursday, October 20, 2011

MSC folds Andes loop into CSAV-CMA CGM's Asia-South America service


MSC folds Andes loop. GENEVA's Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world's second largest carrier, has cancelled its Andes Express service and has joined a CSAV - CMA CGM service between Asia and the west coast of South America.

A total of 11 ships will be deployed in the revamped Andex 1 string, with eight vessels from MSC, two from CSAV and one from CMA CGM, according to ComPair Data, adding that the average vessel capacity will reach 8,500 TEU.

The newly merged service will call at Shenzhen-Chiwan, Hong Kong, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Yokohama, Manzanillo-Mexico, Balboa, Callao, Iquique, San Antonio, San Vicente, San Antonio, Callao, Balboa, Manzanillo, Shanghai, Keelung and back to Shenzhen-Chiwan.

Ships displaced by MSC's arrival on the Andex string will join its Andex 2 loop, calling at Xingang, Qingdao, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Chiwan, Busan, Manzanillo (Mexico), Lazaro Cardenas, Balboa, Buenaventura, Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Yokohama and back to Xingang.

The new Andex 2 rotation adds a second westbound call at Lazaro Cardenas, and Balboa, but drops Puerto Quetzal and Guayaquil. MSC folds Andes loop.

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