MSC doubles volume for CMP

Shipping company MSC’s weekly feeder service between Antwerp and CMP has been upgraded, with the MSC Patricia replacing the JRS Alster. This almost doubles the capacity, from 7,430 GRT to 13,650 GRT.

The weekly call at Copenhagen remains unchanged, as part of the Antwerp-Copenhagen-Fredericia-Århus-Antwerp feeder route.

“The introduction of MSC Patricia on this route, providing greater volume, is part of MSC’s strategy of growth in Denmark. We are very proud of this upgrading of our service and we will continue to work hard to achieve our growth targets,” says Country Manager Mogens Klintemark, MSC Danmark A/S.

MSC – Mediterranean Shipping Company – was founded in 1970, and in the space of just 40 years has grown to become the second largest container shipping company in the world, after Maersk, with a fleet of 423 container vessels and a capacity of 1.77 million TEUs per year. MSC is a relatively young company; the Danish division, MSC Danmark A/S, opened in 1999 and has its head office in Århus.

Carriers are affected straight away when any crisis hits, and MSC was no exception, but the company quickly managed to get its growth strategy back on track.

“We noticed the crisis at the end of 2008, but still managed to increase turnover in 2009 in a receding market, and we are following up this positive trend in 2010 with further growth.”

The feeder route from Denmark goes to Antwerp, which is the global hub for MSC. From its terminal in Antwerp, which has a capacity of 1 million TEUs, MSC has links to the rest of the world.

“It is MSC’s strategy to call at as many ports as possible, and we are also the shipping company with the most direct port calls in the world. In addition, we are working on optimizing our transit times; most recently our transit times to the USA have been improved. We now sail from Copenhagen, Århus or Fredericia to New York in 16 days,” says Mogens.
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