MSC announced yesterday a new line connecting the Far East with the Red Sea.

Starting in week 45, the “Petra Express” will operate on a loop calling at:

NingboShanghaiNanshaShekouSingaporeColomboSalalahDjibouti – King Abdullah Port – Sokhna Port – Al’Aqabah – King Abdullah Port – Salalah – Singapore – Ningbo

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company connects Asia and Red Sea in dew dedicated service
Caption: Container ship MSC Pilar - Image courtesy of Michael Schindler

MSC Pilar will initiate the service, sailing from Ningbo on 6 November 2017, as one of the eight 4,800 TEU vessels operating on the line.

MSC has already taken steps to reinforce its feeder network out of both Salalah and King Abdullah Port.

The new Petra Express service will create more availability of space and ensure competitive transit times.

Customers are advised that cargo originating in Australia and New Zealand that is bound for the Red Sea will now be routed via Singapore.

Transit times and final commercial schedules will be communicated shortly.

Source: MSC