Maryland’s Port of Baltimore has been added to MSC’s Santana service which includes port visits between Asia, the Panama Canal, and the Suez Canal.
The carrier has also added new port calls in Boston and Da Chan Bay, China to its “around the world” container service.
The first sailing under the revised port rotation will leave the Port of Haiphong in Vietnam onboard the MSC Ellen on 15 July.
The new schedule of the Santana service is as follows: Haiphong (Vietnam) – Da Chan Bay (China) – Shanghai (China) – Busan (South Korea) – Panama Canal – Charleston (US) – Baltimore (US) – New York (US) – Boston (US) – Suez Canal – Singapore – Haiphong.
“The international maritime shipping industry continues to speak loudly and favourably about the convenience, service, and reliability of Maryland’s Port of Baltimore,” said Governor Larry Hogan.
“MSC was the first container shipping company at the Seagirt Marine Terminal and now it has added another service in Maryland at a time when we’re heavily investing in infrastructure upgrades at the Port.”
Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary James F. Ports, Jr. added: “Maryland’s Port of Baltimore and its outstanding work force have fuelled the state’s economic rebound from the pandemic.
“The investments we and our partners are making at Maryland’s Port create good-paying, family-supporting jobs, and this new service will add even more to our overall economic impact.”
Port of Baltimore Executive Director William P. Doyle also commented: “MSC is one of the top container shipping companies in the world and a great partner of ours.
“We love the around-the-world services with the Port of Baltimore in between the Asia-Panama Canal and U.S.-Suez Canal routes. With our infrastructure and incredible supply chain network, there’s no better port in the country right now for handling containers than Baltimore.”
Earlier this month, the Port of Baltimore received a $15.6 million grant to support its Rail Capacity Modernization Project.
The grant was awarded under the Federal Rail Administration’s (FRA) Consolidated Rail and Infrastructure Safety Improvements (CRISI) program.