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MSC Withdraws Great Sea Service

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

October 19, 2015

MSC announced today, the withdrawal of their ‘Great Sea’ service that operates between Asia and the Black Sea.


The service will cease operation on Asia export sailings from the first week of November. The string currently operates nine vessels with a nominal capacity of 5,500 TEU. “The decision to withdraw this service is due to unexpectedly low demand out of Asia. We have to adapt our capacity to the demand in these difficult times,” commented Caroline Becquart, Senior Vice President of MSC.

MSC will continue to offer a service between Asia and the Black Sea with cargo transshipped in Asyaport, which is located in Barbaros, Tekirdağ, Turkey. The company expects to offer good transit times to its customers via the new transshipment service and full schedule details will be provided in due course.

Caroline concludes; “While current demand is not sufficient to meet the costs of running a dedicated service, we are committed to provide solutions for our customers. The transshipment service will maintain our customers’ supply chain and our commitment to the area.

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