First MSC call at Messina's terminal
MAF1 service moves to another Genoese quay and strengthens its future alliance, while Cosco anticipates its switch to Vado Ligure
Waiting for the completion of the acquisition of 49% of the group, MSC brought one of its vessels for the first time to Messina Group's Genoese terminal IMT.
The 3,100 TEUs full container Songa Alya arrived at the Genoese port within the MAF1 service, that was initially organized by Cosco and Ignazio Messina, with Arkas and Zim, calling at Spinelli's Genoa Port Terminal. When Arkas and Zim stopped providing their services, MSC joined Cosco and Messina, moving the call at the latter's terminal.
Moreover, said service (connecting directly, i.e. without transhipments, the Western Mediterranean with West Africa with 6 vessels with a capacity between 2,500 and 3,100 TEUs, and providing weekly departures from the ports of Genoa, Castellon, Valencia and Algeciras to Dakar, Lome, Apapa, Tincan, Tema, Takoradi and Abidjan) will include also a call at Vado Ligure, as a prelude to the concentration of volumes that Cosco is planning to carry out in the port of Savona after its investment in the Maersk's platform.
During this first call, Messina Group pointed out that their terminal is equipped to receive other shipping companies' services, highlighting the results achieved in 2017: “In the first seven months of the year our terminal recorded +20% containers, +12% general freight and a reduction in ro-ro (new and second-hand) resulting from the general reduction in ro-ro business in the markets served by companies calling at the terminal, especially Libya and Middle East”.