MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, one of the world’s leading ocean carriers, has revealed that its MSC Katya R. container ship has become the largest to ever call at Moín Terminal, Costa Rica.
The visit, which took place on June 16, 2019 as part of a new direct call to the Port of Moín, was described as the launch of a “new era in cargo shipping for the port” and exporters using its facilities.
According to a statement, direct ports of call from the terminal now include Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven, all of which are connected to destinations throughout Europe.
As well as improving trade links between Costa Rica and northern Europe, MSC’s service will bring larger container ships to Moín with more capacity to carry refrigerated produce on transatlantic routes.
The main beneficiaries of the new service include Costa Rican companies which export food and other commodities in containers, especially with the nation being the world’s largest exporter of pineapples and third largest exporter of bananas.
MSC Katya R. sets record as largest vessel to call Moin Terminal in Costa Rica. The vessel is part of a new direct service that will boost Costa Rican export links, increasing capacity to carry refrigerated produce to Europe. https://t.co/PTou9WNXaG ( Arnold Reinhold) ⚓ pic.twitter.com/CpzCw4gt6y
— MSC Cargo (@MSCCargo) June 17, 2019
Due to the perishable nature of Costa Rica’s agricultural products, its exports often need to be temperature controlled, moving around the world in refrigerated containers as opposed to being transported by dedicated refrigerated vessels.
As PTI has reported, MSC is responding to this demand by introducing advanced reefer technology, ensuring that goods reach their destination in a fresh condition.