MSC has announced a new service connecting the Far East with the Red Sea as it looks to enhance its services out of Asia.
The ‘Petra Express’ will operate on a loop calling at: Ningbo – Shanghai – Nansha – Shekou – Singapore – Colombo – Salalah – Djibouti – King Abdullah Port – Sokhna Port – Al’Aqabah – King Abdullah Port – Salalah – Singapore – Ningbo.
MSC Pilar will initiate the service, sailing from Ningbo from early November 2017, as one of the eight 4,800 teu vessels operating on the line.
The Switzerland-based company noted in a statement that it has “taken steps to reinforce its feeder network out of both Salalah and King Abdullah Port.”
“The new Petra Express service will create more availability of space and ensure competitive transit times,” it added.
For MSC customers, cargo originating in Australia and New Zealand that is bound for the Red Sea will now be routed via Singapore.