MSC launches new Southeast Asia–US West Coast service

MSC Ornella (Photo: Harrison)

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is introducing a new container shipping service in order to fulfil customer demand for cargo between Southeast Asia and the US West Coast.

The new Sentosa service is a dedicated MSC line to link Southeast Asia with the Pacific South West market and to catalyse trade between countries such as Thailand and Vietnam and the US West Coast.

MSC said the service should enable a significantly improved transit time for MSC customers shipping goods between Southeast Asia and California, ensuring that MSC retains a direct Laem Chabang–Long Beach call (in both directions) within its transpacific network. This compensates for the removal of a Laem Chabang–US call on the Jaguar service, which is being announced separately.

The Sentosa service is expected to start in early April with MSC Ornella. Its rotation will be as follows: Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Laem Chabang – Vung Tau – Long Beach – Shanghai – Ningbo – Xiamen – Singapore.

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