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MSC sends world’s biggest containerships to U.S. to collect empty containers

Christian Fernsby |
MSC is deploying the world’s biggest ships to evacuate empty containers from China to the U.S., as carriers on the transpacific try to overcome imbalances after weeks of coronavirus disruption to their box control systems.

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Topics: MSC    U.S.   

There have been reports of severe equipment shortages in the US and Europe as a consequence of carriers blanking around half of all headhaul sailings since Chinese New Year, due to coronavirus outbreak.

Alphaliner said MSC was redeploying the 23,756 teu MSC Mia to the transpacific leg of the 2M’s North Europe-Asia-USWC, combined AE1/Shogun-TP-6/Pearl, loop, and it will be the largest container vessel ever to call at the US. It added that two weeks later the 23,656 teu MSC Nela would shift from the AE2/Swan Asia-North Europe loop to the transpacific, to perform a similar function.

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