Four new 'first port of call' liner services for Port of Antwerp-Bruges

In June, Port of Antwerp-Bruges expanded its global network with four new 'first port of call' liner services. These new connections offer significant added value to the port's connectivity and the international import and export of cargo. These are mainly connections to Latin America and the Far East.

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Zeebrugge on the American map

On 1 June, MSC decided to include Zeebrugge as a destination in its sailing schedule. The Swiss shipping company plans to receive a weekly service from the west coast of South America via the coastal platform of Port of Antwerp-Bruges. As of December 2021, nine vessels with a capacity of up to 12,100 TEU have been operating regularly on the new link. The liner service focuses mainly on reefer cargo with the United Kingdom as its destination

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Transcontinental express service from Antwerp

MSC also has good news in store for Antwerp: the container shipping company has been offering the 'NWC to Mexico Express' Service from Antwerp to Latin America since this summer. This additional service creates better connectivity between the Scheldt platform, Mexico and Freeport in the Bahamas. Ships with a capacity between 2,100 and 5,100 TEU mainly operate on this liner service. On 28 June, the new express service was launched with the departure of the container ship 'Genova' to Bremerhaven, the second port of call in Europe on this new link.

To the Far East with 2M

On 7 June, 2M added Zeebrugge to two new liner services to the Far East. The alliance, a collaboration between shipping companies Maersk and MSC, wants to offer customers an easily accessible port for domestic links with these new services. With Zeebrugge as a port of call, 2M hopes to reduce the pressure on the persistent accumulation of containers currently being seen in European ports.

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