The service will offer competitive Far East-Italy transit times and consists of a fleet of ten ships in the range of 8,200 – 9,600 teu capacity.
Port rotation includes: Xiamen, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Nansha, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Jeddah, Port Said East, Malta, Genoa, La Spezia, Algeciras, Tanger Med, Malta, Port Said East, Port Kelang, Singapore, and Xiamen.
The decision by Maersk Line to return at LSCT is seen by the terminal operator as “further testament” that the La Spezia-Contship terminal remains a strategic gateway in the supply chain to the main North Italy industrial/consumption area, especially those of the Emilia Romagna and the Po Valley.
Orazio Stella, managing director of Maersk Line Italia, said, “Maersk Line confirms its commitment to the North of Italy, strengthening its presence even in a period of network capacity rationalisation. The choice of La Spezia meets the needs of our customers, improving our service value proposition in favour of cargo flows destined to / originated by the most important economic areas of our country”.
Welcoming the arrival of the first vessel, Marco Simonetti, managing director of La Spezia Container Terminal, said it was evidence of the commitment made by LSCT to develop the terminal further as recently announced. “The huge investment programme will further boost our capacity and capability in order to support our valued customers’ requirements,” he said.