Hapag-Lloyd drops calls in Central America


Port congestion has led to a dramatic increase in transit times on the service.

The shipping line will maintain a road connection by rail through the Port of Norfolk, Virginia to Los Angeles. The new configuration will bring changes to the Mediterranean – US Gulf – Central America route, as the current Mediterranean Gulf Express (MGX) service will be refocused on the US Gulf and Norfolk.

The MPS service was to be carried out in twelve weeks with 12 ships between 4,250 and 5,100 teu with stopovers in the ports of Tangier, Valencia, Livorno, Genoa, Fos, Barcelona, ​​Valencia, Cartagena (Col.), Puerto Quetzal, Manzanillo (Mex), Long Beach, Oakland, Manzanillo (Mex.), Manzanillo (Panama), Cartagena (Col.). Tangier.

The final westbound MPS service will be offered by the 4,844 TEU Tokyo Express. The ship will depart service May 3 at the Port of Oakland and sail to Dachan Bay where it will join the new China Germany Express Service (CGX).

Meanwhile, the final eastbound route will be offered by the 4,844 Seoul Express on April 11 from the Port of Oakland.

The reconfigured MGX service that will serve LA and Oakland via a land bridge from Norfolk will serve Livorno, Genoa, Barcelona, ​​Valencia, Veracruz, Altamira, Houston, Norfolk and Livorno. It will no longer serve Cartagena (Col.), Kingston (Jamaica), Caucedo (Dominican Rep.) and New Orleans.

Hapag-Lloyd will offer a new Far East-USEC route, via a slot-sharing agreement with Wan Hai Lines on its AA7 service.

The AA7 service is expected to operate on an eleven-week itinerary with 11 vessels ranging from 4,200 to 7,240 TEUs, calling at Ningbo, Taipei, Xiamen, Shekou, Cai Mep, Port Kelang, New York, Charleston, Savannah, Ningbo.


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