Diversifying MSC takes two conros from Messina for new Turkey-Italy route

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced the introduction of a new regular service from the Turkish port of Izmir to the Italian city of Trieste primarily aimed at trailers, containers, project and breakbulk cargo.

This new regular service is scheduled to start from Izmir on April 3 and will be operated with two modern conro vessels the Geneva-based group said in a statement, adding that the frequency will be twice-weekly.

Some sources familiar with the matter revealed to Splash that the conro ships in question will be two of the eight modern vessels owned by Ignazio Messina & C. shipping company. The latter is to become part of the MSC empire in the near future since Gianluigi Aponte’s group is expected to buy a 49% share of the Genoa-based group this month.

MSC’s conro move comes after the same group just opened a new roro line operated with two pure car truck carriers between Northern Europe and West Africa.

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