MSC and Zim Adjust their Central and South America Services
Zim becomes an operator on MSC’s East Coast South America Amazonas Relay service. Zim will provide 2 out of a total of 9 vessels that are deployed on the service and will start its cooperation on 14th June with the 4,260 TEU vessel ZIM COLOMBO sailing from Kingston. The service runs on a weekly frequency and a 63 day-rotation. It has an average weekly service capacity of 3,000 TEU and will be branded Gulf Brazil Service (GBS) by Zim.
The port rotation of the service is extended to the Caribbean and US Gulf. The port calls at Kingston (North and Southbound), Veracruz, Altamira, Houston, Cristobal (Southbound), Santos, Navegantes, Paranagua and Rio de Janeiro are added to the rotation.
Simultaneously the 2 carriers adjust the port rotations of 2 further Inter-America services:
In June MSC removes the port calls at Sepetiba, Caucedo and Kingston from the port rotation of its East Coast North America – East Coast South America service US ECSA String 1. This service deploys 8 vessels on a weekly frequency with an average service capacity of 5,630 TEU.
The Intra Gulf service that is jointly operated by MSC (MEXCIO BUTTERFLY) and Zim (CKX) sees more drastic adjustments to its port rotation. As of June the port calls at Kingston (2nd call), Veracruz, Altamira, Houston and Caucedo (2nd call) are withdrawn from the rotation. Consequently the rotation time of this weekly service is reduced from 5 weeks to only 3 weeks.
Amazonas Relay/ GBS: Cristobal - Kingston (new) - Veracruz (new) - Altamira (new) - Houston (new) - Kingston (new) - Cristobal (new)- Port of Spain - Manaus - Santos (new) - Navegantes (new) - Paranagua (new) - Rio de Janeiro (new) - Vila do Conde – Cristobal
US ECSA STRING1: Norfolk - New York - Baltimore - Savannah - Freeport (Grand Bahama) - Caucedo - Santos - Buenos Aires - Montevideo - Rio Grande - Navegantes - Santos - Salvador - Suape - Freeport (Grand Bahama) – Norfolk
Mexico Butterfly/ CKX: Kingston - Tampa - Mobile - New Orleans - Houston - Caucedo – Kingston