The German carrier Senator Lines will drop its Gioia Tauro call on “Loop A” of its MCS service, commonly operated with Hapag Lloyd. The MCS links Canada with the Mediterranean. The consortium will switch to Cagliari instead.

The last call at the port of Gioia Tauro will be on September 24. The Genoa Senator will then call Cagliari for the first time on September 30, 2008.

The step was agreed on by the two partners in order to further improve the service quality, schedule integrity and transshipment times.

Cagliari will serve as a new transshipment hub for cargo from Canada into the Eastern Mediterranean region, such as Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia and Malta.

The new port rotation of the MCS “Loop A” will then read: Montreal, Cagliari, Salerno, Genoa, Fos sur Mer, Montreal.

The port rotation of the MCS “Loop B” remains unchanged, this string links the ports of Montreal, Valencia, Livorno and Montreal.

“The decision in favor of Cagliari has been made because of its geographical advantages and the even better service reliability and quality as a consequence thereof,” says Mark Ehlers, Director Operational Management at Senator Lines.

“By implementing Cagliari as a new calling port and as our new transshipment hub for the Canada cargo, we can ensure the transit times and guarantee a very reliable schedule in times when all Western Mediterranean terminals are completely congested”, he adds.

The MCS “Loop A” was the last Senator Lines service remaining with calls at Gioia Tauro as the CKYHS alliance, which the Bremen-based carrier belongs to, in cooperation with UASC has moved its transshipment hub from the South Italian port to Malta on all other services.

Thus, the port swap was a logical consequence of this scenario. The decision to move to Cagliari was made because of its more advantageous location, which avoids non-essential detours and allows a quicker proceeding in times of port congestion.