MSC expands PH services with additional North Harbor calls, new Davao service

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MSC expands PH services
The New Origami, Kaguya and Lang Co services now provide three new weekly calls in Manila North Harbor, while the Lang Co service has now added Davao. Photo courtesy of MSC.
  • Mediterranean Shipping Company now offers three weekly calls in Manila North Harbor
  • It is also launching its first service to Davao starting December 20, 2023
  • The New Origami, Kaguya and Lang Co services provide three new weekly calls in Manila North Harbor, increasing coverage by directly connecting Manila with Southeast Asia and South China
  • The enhanced Lang Co service also adds a Davao port call

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is expanding its service offerings in the Philippines, introducing three new weekly calls in Manila North Harbor and launching an inaugural service to Davao.

The new service offerings support the expansion of local businesses by directly connecting the Philippines with major global trade centers through reliable services at competitive transit times, the company said in a statement.

The New Origami, Kaguya and Lang Co services now provide three new weekly calls in Manila North Harbor, increasing coverage by directly connecting Manila with Southeast Asia and South China.

Previously, there was only one call per week in North Harbor on the Origami service.

With the expansions, MSC said it also provides two weekly departures from Manila North Harbor to Busan for connection with the Trans-Pacific and Latin America trades as well as with Japan.

The new weekly calls will support importers of all sorts, from foodstuffs, paper and textile, to automotive and e-goods, MSC said.

Exporters of electronics, automotive products, and retail items to Korea and Japan are expected to significantly benefit from these enhancements, MSC noted.

The full rotations for the services are as follows:

  • New Origami: Tokyo – Yokohama – Yokkaichi – Nagoya – Busan – Vung Tau – Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Subic – Manila North Harbour – Manila South Harbour – Kaohsiung – Shanghai – Busan – Tokyo
  • Kaguya: Tokyo – Kobe – Osaka – Hakata – Busan – Shanghai – Ningbo – Haiphong – Ho Chi Minh – Laem Chabang – Manila North Harbour – Manila South Harbour – Busan – Tokyo
  • Lang Co: Qui Nhon – Da Nang – Yantian – Shekou – Ho Chi Minh – Vung Tau – Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Port Klang – Belawan – Singapore – Jakarta – Batangas – Manila North Harbour – Davao – Shekou – Yantian – Hong Kong – Nansha – Qui Nhon

Additionally, the enhanced Lang Co service marks MSC’s first venture to Davao. Davao’s first call on this service is on December 20, 2023 using the MSC Ancona III – HZ348R.

With a transit time of approximately five days from Shekou and seven days from Hong Kong, MSC said this service will particularly benefit customers with time-sensitive cargo such as bananas and durians.

From South China, Lang Co now connects to the entire MSC network, especially the Middle East market, offering a competitive transit time of 23 days to Jebel Ali for banana cargo.

“We’ve specially designed these latest upgrades and expansions to New Origami, Kaguya and Lang Co service to meet or even exceed the dynamic transportation needs of our customers in the Philippines,” MSC Philippines managing director Renaud Durteste said.

“I’m confident that the enhancements will enable the growth of our local exporters and importers by better connecting their business with the world,” he added.

MSC commenced operations in the Philippines in 2018 and now has offices in Manila, Davao, General Santos and Cebu. To facilitate growth and better serve our customers, MSC Mediterranean Company Philippines Inc. was established in March 2023, as a direct agency for MSC.

2. Before the 3 weekly services, how many sailings were on offer in North Harbor?

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