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MSC rolls out new ocean-rail service from Asia to Europe

Swiss-headquartered containerline Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is expanding its services portfolio with the launch of a new intermodal solution between Asia and Europe.

The move comes in response to demand for overland carriage of cargo, amid the challenging container-carrying market and ongoing impact of the Suez Canal disruption, MSC said.

The world’s second largest carrier will combine both sea and rail service departing from China, Korea and Japan to Europe, via Vladivostok and Vostochniy with further feeder connections from St Petersburg.

From St. Petersburg, cargoes can be shipped directly to some of the major European hubs such as Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam and Le Havre.

Earlier this month, MSC also firmed up its commitment to avoid arctic cargo routes, as it believes expansion of Arctic shipping could increase the emissions of so-called black carbon.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a backgroud in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.


  1. It’s surely good thinking, especially when talking about The Arctic region.
    Massive cargo carriers, submersive vessels are all causing too much noise pollution in the oceans, which is harmful to the marine life.
    We have already damaged our land resources beyond recovery, we’ll be better off if we start thinking rationally about our aquatic resources, when ocean bed mining is a threat.

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