MSC expands India-Europe service

MSC expands India-Europe service

NEW DELHI - Mediterranean Shipping Co. said it will extend its Europe service to Mundra International Container Terminal (MICT) next month.

The direct India-Europe service currently calls at the western Indian port of Jawaharlal Nehru. Effective March 10, MICT will be included in the fixed-day weekly service. MSC will deploy seven 7,500-TEU vessels for the Europe service.

The Wednesday call at MICT, will benefit shippers in western and northern India. The normal gateway for northern Indian shippers is Jawaharlal Nehru, but that port is struggling with severe yard congestion that is delaying imports and exports.

This will be MSC's second service call at MICT. Its weekly African service has been calling at MICT since last July.

MSC's European service will compete with the joint EuroGalex service of Norasia Container Lines and MOL, as well as CMA CGM, which began calls at MICT in December. The EuroGalex offering, launched last June, is a direct, dedicated service linking ports in the Indian subcontinent to the Persian Gulf and Europe.

CMA CGM serves European, Mediterranean and African destinations through its service. The carrier is part of the Europe-Pakistan-India Consortium, along with Contship Containerlines and P&O Nedlloyd.

Operated by P&O Ports, MICT began operations last July. About 10 carriers, including MSC, Pacific International Lines, "K" Line, Malaysia International Shipping Co., and China Shipping, now call the terminal.