MSC’s Santana service calls Manzanillo port

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Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) has added the Port of Manzanillo to its Santana service.
MSC Vega at Contecon Manzanillo. Photo from ICTSI.
  • Mediterranean Shipping Company’s has added the Port of Manzanillo to its Santana service
  • MSC terminated the westbound call at Lazaro Cardenas and chose Manzanillo as the preferred eastbound way port for its Mexican operations under the Santana service
  • The adjustment began with the recent maiden call of the 13,102-TEU MSC VEGA to Manzanillo

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has added the Port of Manzanillo to its Santana service.

MSC chose Manzanillo as the preferred eastbound port for its Mexican operations, discontinuing the westbound call at Lazaro Cardenas.

Contecon Manzanillo S.A. (CMSA), operator of the Specialized Container Terminal 2 at the Port of Manzanillo, said the move underscores Manzanillo’s status as the gateway of choice for Mexican trade to the Far East.

The adjustment to the Santana service, which links the Far East and the East Coast of the United States (US), started with MSC VEGA’s recent maiden call at Manzanillo, accommodating 13,102-twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).

MSC’s revised port rotation now includes key US ports like New York and Norfolk, replacing Port Everglades and Baltimore. MSC vessels will return from Norfolk to Thailand via the Suez Canal, resulting in the end of westbound calls at Lazaro Cardenas.

However, the Santana service will maintain regular eastbound calls at the Port of Manzanillo.

The revised port rotation is as follows: Laem Chabang, Cai Mep, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Manzanillo, Cristobal, Caucedo, New York, Norfolk, Laem Chabang.

While a mix of vessels with capacities ranging from 6,350 to 15,000 TEUs is currently deployed, future schedules indicate sailings exclusively featuring 13,100 to 15,000 TEU neopanamax vessels, emphasizing MSC’s commitment to efficiency and capacity.

José Antonio Contreras, CEO of Contecon Manzanillo, said: “Our partnership with MSC and their strategic decision to prioritize Manzanillo highlight the critical role we play in facilitating efficient trade flows. Manzanillo is the gateway of choice for trade to the Far East, and we are committed to supporting the growth and success of the Mexican trade industry.”

As part of its commitment to growth and expansion, CMSA announced a $230-million investment in the upcoming expansion phase over the next two years, which will add over one million TEU capacity to the port.

In June 2010, ICTSI secured a 34-year concession to develop and operate Specialized Container Terminal 2 at Manzanillo port.

CMSA is an International Container Terminal Services, Inc. company.