Mediterranean Shipping Company will expand its Golden Gate Service between Asia and the U.S. East Coast to provide connections to and from India via Singapore and Salalah.
The Geneva-based carrier said the service will connect the trade from Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru) and Mundra to New York in 21 days; Baltimore, 23 days; Savannah, 26 days; Port Everglades, 28 days; and Freeport, 30 days.
Cargo originating from Tuticorin, Cochin, Mangalore and Vizakhapatnam will be routed via Colombo on the India-Subcontinent-Europe Service, jointly operated with the Shipping Corp. of India, to Salalah for connections on the Golden Gate.
Shipments moving from Chennai and Kolkata/Haldia as well as Chittagong in Bangladesh will be relayed at Singapore.
MSC said with both its ISES and IPAK services calling Salalah, it is in a position to offer twice-weekly transshipment options from Nhava Sheva and Mundra, two major gateway hubs for India's vast northwestern hinterland region.
The first sailings from Nhava Sheva and Mundra to connect to the Golden Gate at Salalah will be the MSC Belavia on the ISES, departing from Nhava Sheva on July 30 and Mundra on Aug. 1, and the MSC Confidence on the IPAK, departing from Mundra on Aug. 2 and Nhava Sheva Aug. 4.