According to Alphaliner, MSC will add northbound layovers at the Brazilian port of Pecem to the String 1 services on the USEC-Caribbean-ECSA route and to the String 1 service on the Europe-ECSA 'NWC-SAEC route -a service operated in conjunction with Hapag-Lloyd- to cover the Brazilian melon export season, which runs from August to February.
Since Pecem is the last South American port in the northbound route, melon exporters will benefit from optimal transit times when shipping their products to North America and Europe.
The ships will make stops in the hubs of Cristobal and Freeport (on the USEC-Caribbean-ECSA route) and in the port of Tangier Med (on the Europe-ECSA route) offering more transportation possibilities through the MSC's global network. The round trip itineraries of the services will not be affected by the extra stop.
The new String 1 Service itinerary on the USEC-Caribbean-ECSA route will be as follows: New York, Norfolk, Baltimore, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades, Caucedo, Santos, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande, Navegantes, Paranagua, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Suape, Pecem (end of July), Cristobal, Freeport, and New York.
The service will complete its itinerary in 9 weeks using 9 ships of 5,500 and 6,900 TEU and it will have around 600 connections. ZIM participates through spaces (except in Salvador de Bahia and Cristobal) under the name of XNS service. However, the Israeli shipping company has not confirmed the marketing of the new landfall in Pecem so far.
Meanwhile, the String 1 Europe-ECSA 'NWC-SAEC service, operated in conjunction with Hapag-Lloyd (which calls it ECX), includes calls to Rotterdam, London-Gateway, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Sines, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Navegantes, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande do Sul, Navegantes, Paranagua, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Pecem (as of August 2020), Tangier Med, and Rotterdam.
The service will complete this itinerary in 9 weeks, through 9 ships of 8,700 and 12,000 TEU, which are equipped with 1,000-1,700 reefer connections.