MSC has announced it has updated its Seagull service with a new weekly port call at Da Chan Bay, China.
The news means the service will now call in both North and South China, offering shippers direct connections to more ports across the country.
The first vessel on the revised rotation will be the AMALTHE, voyage number HU218A, which is expected to arrive in Shanghai on 4 May.
The new port rotation is as follows: Shanghai (China) – Ningbo (China) – Vung Tau (Vietnam) – Laem Chabang (Thailand) – Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia) – Penang (Malaysia) – Port Klang (Malaysia) – Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Qinzhou – Hong Kong (China) – Shanghai.
Earlier this week, MSC also announced that it will temporarily be omitting the Port of Charleston from its US to South Asian East Coast (SAEC) String 1 service due to congestion along the US East Coast.
According to MaritimeTraffic, more ships are now waiting outside East Coast ports than along the West Coast.
As of 7 April, 18 vessels were waiting off port limits to berth at the Port of Charleston, whereas only 15 were waiting to enter the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.