MSC has announced that they have made a new cooperation agreement with SM Line, beginning on 1 April 2020, which ensures they will provide continuity of services between Asia and the West Coast of North America, with improved services to the Pacific North West.
The new agreement with SM Line is separate from the 2M Vessel Sharing Agreement between MSC and Maersk, and the services of 2M and SM Line will complement each other. It consists of a combination of slot exchanges and slot purchases among the three parties – MSC, Maersk and SM Line – and it is subject to regulatory approval.
Six weekly MSC services between Asia and the West Coast of North America
With the new agreement, MSC will be in a strong position to continue to offer six weekly services between Asia and the West Coasts of the US and Canada. These are detailed in the table below.