Major container player drops Asia to Black Sea route

Weak demand out of Asia will see Swiss MSC drop a direct service with nine ships from Asia to the Black Sea, the carrier announced.

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Weak demand in Asia has forced Maersk Line's partner in the 2M alliance, the Swiss carrier MSC, to completely drop its 'Great Sea Service' between Asia and the Black Sea, which amounts to nine ships in total with 5,500 teu capacity each.

“The decision to withdraw this service is due to unexpectedly low demand out of Asia. We have to adapt our capacity to the demand in these difficult times,” said Caroline Becquart, Senior Vice President of MSC, in a press release.

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