Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (PortSEurope) August 15, 2019 – MSC, the Swiss-based shipping company, is to start a new Tyrrhenian feeder service replacing the current Gioia Tauro/Palermo/Naples shuttle.
The new service will start calling Cagliari as from week 36, first call being on 2 September.
The port has had some negative experiences recently.
In June, Cagliari International Container Terminal (CICT), a subsidiary of Contship Italia, announced a downsizing plan for 210 employees.
In May this year, German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd AG announced that it would stop calling the port of Cagliari with the Europe Mediterranean Express (EMX). Whilst it is not unusual for shipping companies to changes ports of call for specific services, the announcement came at a difficult time for Cagliari port.
Last month, Italy’s deputy transport minister Edoardo Rixi has held a meeting with the management of Cagliari port to discuss a crisis at the harbour and the 700 jobs a risk.
The new service will be a weekly service operating one vessel with a capacity of 1,200 TEUs.The new call will enable import and export cargo from Sardinia to Gioia Tauro, a key MSC Mediterranean hub.
The rotation will be: Gioia Tauro – Palermo – Cagliari – Naples – Gioia Tauro.
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