MSC enters deepsea roro space

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is entering the deepsea roro space, with a new dedicated service from Europe to West Africa.

Best known for its box and cruise business, MSC will kick off its new roro business on February 19 with a debut sailing out of Le Havre.

The two ships used on the new service – MSC Immacolata and MSC Cristiana – have just come out of charters with Grimaldi.

The fortnightly service will call Le Havre, Antwerp, Dakar, Conakry, Abidjan, Le Havre.

“In addition to rolling or wheeled cargo this new service offering will have the flexibility to cover a range of out-of-gauge and breakbulk cargo, which will be typically large, heavy pieces, or critical equipment for specific projects,” MSC stated in a release.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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