A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has launched a new feeder service between Port Said, at the northern end of the Suez Canal, where the canal leads into the Mediterranean Sea and Vado Gateway at the Port of Genoa.
The first feeder of this new service (3,000 TEU) will depart from SCCT at the east bound lane of the Suez Canal on 8 July.
The feeder will arrive at the APM Terminals Vado Ligure S.P.A. Terminal on 14 July, considerably reducing transit times from Asia to Northern Italy between 5 and up to 22 days, depending on where the cargo origin departure is at Busan in Korea or Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Shekou or Xingang in China.
Maersk noted that Vado Ligure’s strategic location boasts strong connectivity between ocean, road, and rail, including a renewed intermodal set-up, allowing technology, fast moving consumer goods, lifestyle and retail industries to benefit from faster and more frequent access to any inland North Italy location and particularly to and from Milan, Padova and Piacenza.
The semi-automated APM Terminals Vado Ligure S.P.A. terminal is one of Italy’s fastest and most advanced gateways for growth.
According to Alphaliner, the Asian carrier lost 13 per cent in container liftings year-on-year whilst Maersk has moved ahead after posting a much more modest fall at 4 per cent over the same period.