MSC offers short sea services to counter COVID-19 disruptions

In strong haze conditions container ship MSC TASMANIA leavs port of Odessa to Chornomorsk. March 07, 2020

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is promoting short sea services as a reliable alternative to road transport across land boarders.

Recent measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 have created new disruptions and slowdowns to intra-European trade and traffic, putting strains on the supply chain for the delivery of essential goods – including food, medical equipment and other vital supplies, MSC noted in a 2 April statement.

Building on its extensive direct Mediterranean and Baltic feeder network and in response to market and customer needs, shippers of dry and reefer cargo can rely on MSC’s European & Short Sea services to help ensure continuous and quicker flow of their goods across Europe, the company said.

Short sea shipping refers to the movement of cargo by sea over relatively short distances, as opposed to the intercontinental cross-ocean deep sea shipping.

MSC operates its own dedicated Mediterranean and North European network offering high frequency of sailings and feeder services. MSC also brings complementary intermodal services via road, rail, and barge to satisfy customer end-to-end requirements on the continental market.

Recently, MSC also announced the development of a Suspension of Transit (SOT) container shipping programme to prepare for a recovery in demand for freight services once the impact of the pandemic eases.

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