MSC announces Asia-Europe network update

MSC has announced that as part of their ongoing prudent response to the decline in demand amid COVID-19, the seasonal blanking programme on their Asia–Europe network – which started in April – will be extended during the summer period

It has been announced that two MSC services – Dragon (Asia-Mediterranean) and Swan (Asia-North Europe) – will not be reinstated until further notice. 

However, in order to accommodate the small, gradual recovery in cargo volume at this stage, MSC has announced the introduction of the Griffin service, operated as a single hybrid fortnightly service spanning a combination of Asia-Mediterranean and Asia-North Europe port calls.

The Griffin service is scheduled to start in the second half of June with the following rotation: Shanghai – Ningbo – Yantian – Singapore – Tanjung Pelepas – Port Said – Rotterdam – Antwerp – Singapore – Ningbo

The service is being deployed to ease ongoing supply chain disruption from the impact of COVID-19. However, it will only sail if demand is gradually growing.

MSC has stated that they will continue to carefully monitor market demand for the future and will only deploy additional capacity if there is a sufficient rise in market demand to justify this.

Source: MSC