By Redacción PortalPortuario.cl
He Port of hamburg received the CMA CGM White Shark, the first ship of the new NC Levant Express container service, with which the German terminal will have an additional connection with ports in Turkey.
The service has five container ships of between 3,800 and 4,200 TEU and will link the puertos turcos de Mersin e Iskenderun will be served in the service through weekly departures managed in Hamburg by Eurogate Container Terminal.
After Hamburg, the ports involved are Antwerp, Le Havre, Tangier, Malta, Alexandria, Damietta, Beirut, Mersin, Iskenderun, Algeciras, Southampton, Rotterdam.
“With the new NC Levant Express, we offer attractive transit times and excellent transport opportunities between two major Turkish ports, the Eastern Mediterranean, and five key ports in Europe. Hamburg is its northern center, splendidly located with its dense network of feeder services. Import and export cargoes can be quickly transshipped to or from feeders with Scandinavia and other countries in the Baltic region for subsequent shipment, “he says. Peter Wolf, CEO of CMA CGM (Deutschland).
Despite the restrictions caused by the pandemic, container services between Hamburg and Turkish ports have managed to grow against the trend. In the first three quarters of 2020, a total of 114,000 TEUs were handled in Hamburg in container traffic with ports in Turkey, an increase of 18.8%.
A total of nine liner services connect Hamburg with Turkish ports. These consist of six container services, two multipurpose services and a vehicle service. Container services and vehicle transport service operate weekly.
The multipurpose services call Hamburg monthly and when necessary. Depending on direction and rotation, transit times between Hamburg and Turkish ports range from ten to 14 days.