Tuesday, October 25, 2011

MSC joins CSAV/CMA Asia-west coast South America service


MSC joins CSAV/CMA Asia-West coast South America service. CSAV and CMA CGM have merged a service connecting Asia and the west coast of South America with a Mediterranean Shipping Co service, according to CMA CGM and research from American Shipper affiliate ComPair Data.

The move effectively means MSC has reformed its Andes Express service and merged it with CSAV and CMA CGM's Andex 1 loop, with MSC to eventually provide eight of the 11 ships in operation on the service. CSAV will provide two vessels and CMA CGM the other, with an average vessel capacity of 8,500 TEU, according to ComPair Data.

The rotation of the merged service, which is unchanged, is Chiwan, Hong Kong, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Yokohama, Manzanillo (Mexico), Balboa, Callao, Iquique, San Antonio, San Vicente, San Antonio, Callao, Balboa, Manzanillo, Shanghai, Keelung and Chiwan.

Meanwhile, according to ComPair Data many of the vessel deployed by MSC will remain on Andex loop 1.

The Andex 2 loop will have a revised rotation of Xingang, Qingdao, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Busan, Manzanillo (Mexico), Lazaro Cardenas, Balboa, Buenaventura, Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Yokohama and back to Xingang. The new rotation Asia-West coast South America service add a second, westbound call at Lazaro Cardenas, and a call at Balboa, while dropping calls at Puerto Quetzal and Guayaquil.

picture: google.com / source: Shippingazette.com