MSC to bring its first container service to Messina
The Thyrrenium weekly rotation relocates from VTE to ITM, launching a new operating partnership after recently deploying the Jolly Cobalto and Jolly Titanio
While waiting to seal final closing (MoU was signed in February 2017) which should see MSC taking over 49% shares in Messina group, the two partners have already started new synergies.
After having recently chartered in, con-ro Jolly Titanio and Jolly Cobalto, respectively renamed MSC Titanio and MSC Cobalto and already engaged on the recently launched (last April) ro-ro line between Trieste and Turkey, Geneve-based shipping company of Gianluigi Aponte also determined to operate at terminal Messina Genoa.
Intermodal Marine Terminal (ITM) announced that containership Maira, 207 metres in length and 2,500 TEUs capacity, serving the Thyrrenium weekly rotation connecting Genoa to major destination in Western Mediterranean and, via Gioia Tauro, to the Middle East, which used to call at VTE Prà, actually reached Messina terminal last Sunday.
This is the first regular service launched by MSC at Genoa-based Messina terminal, whom they will shortly join partnership with.
Meanwhile IMT is engaged in a restructuring and strengthening plan which envisages considerable investments: 9 new Kalmar reach stacker, worth overall 3 million Euro, have been operating since last year, 20 Terberg truck (2.8 millions) and 3 Seacom gooseneck (30,000 Euro).
Furthermore, 16 Houcon cornerless skeletal trailer (500,000 Euro); 2 ZPMC telescopic overheight frame (50,000 Euro) will be operating by the end of 2018, while ABB will revamp 2 STS shore cranes (overall 600,000 Euro). Two RAM twin lift spreaded (300,000 Euro) and 2 TEC coil handler (20,000 Euro) will start operating in 2019.
In the meantime, 16 new quay operators will be recruited by mid 2018 to handle current trade increase; in fact in 2017 IMT Terminal handled 230,000 TEUs, 85,000 tons rolling cargo and 26,500 tons general cargo.