The ocean carriers Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg-Süd have added an 11th vessel to their weekly Mediterranean-to-West Coast North America MPS service and increased roundtrip voyage time from 70 days to 77 days.
Transit times in both directions on the service have been increased by a few days, now taking 26 days from the last call out of the Mediterranean at Valencia, Spain, to Los Angeles and 27 days from Los Angeles to the first port in at Tangiers, Morocco, on the return leg.
The rotation of the MPS remains Cagliari, Leghorn, Genoa, Marseilles, Barcelona, Valencia, Cartagena, Manzanillo (Mexico), Los Angeles, Oakland, Tacoma, Vancouver, Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles, Manzanillo (Mexico), Manzanillo (Panama), Cartagena, Caucedo, Tangiers, Valencia and Cagliari. The service is currently operated by 11 vessels, nine from Hapag-Lloyd and two from Hamburg- Süd, with an average capacity of 2,823 TEUs. Hamburg-Süd’s subsidiary Alianca continues to purchase slots on the MPS.
Besides the MPS, Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg-Süd do not operate any other dedicated services between the Mediterranean and the West Coast of North America. Hapag-Lloyd, however, along with its Grand Alliance partners, offers the massive PAX loop, which calls at Los Angeles and Oakland en route from North Europe, East Coast North America, and Central America to Asia, and at Tacoma, Oakland, and Los Angeles on the return. - ComPair Data
, Ben Meyer