HAMBURG SÜD BOOSTS CONTINENT-MED SERVICE
GERMAN-based liner company Hamburg Süd is enhancing its southern routes service from northern Europe to the eastern Mediterranean. Beginning in mid-February 2008, this service will be switched to a weekly frequency, with sailings on fixed weekdays, by the deployment of a fifth vessel.
The company says that the deployment of the 1,900 TEU "Santa Monica" will expand not only the capacity in service, but also permits an additional call at Valencia in the western Mediterranean.
The Valencia call offers ideal linkage with the South America services of Hamburg Süd and Costa Container Lines. Furthermore, a new weekly feeder link from Valencia to Tunis, synchronised with the southern routes service, is being instituted to guarantee a fast connection.
One effect of the upgrade will be to make the direct Europe / Tunis-Salerno shuttle redundant. All ports previously called at by the Tunis-Salerno shuttle will continue to be served - either directly by the shipping group's services or via feeder services.