Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will launch a service linking the Indian Subcontinent, the Mediterranean and the USA on August 30.

The MSC Indus 2 service rotation will begin with MSC Michaela. The service will start its journey in India and visit two ports in that country – Mundra in the Kutch district of Gujarat and the port of Nhava Sheva. From there, ships will transit the Suez Canal to the port of Gioia Tauro in Southern Italy, then the port of Sines in Portugal. Ships will then visit ports in Norfolk, Baltimore, Miami and Freeport, Grand Bahama, before returning to India.

William P Doyle, Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) executive director, said: “Baltimore is well positioned on the e-commerce and intermodal side of the logistics chain – we’ll be loading exports for the backhaul as well too.”

According to Maryland Port Administration, business at the port of Baltimore has recovered strongly since the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic. In June, major cargos at the port’s public marine terminals were up significantly year-on-year, with autos up 76 percent, ro-ro farm and construction machinery up 54 percent, and containers up 19 percent compared to June 2020. Total general cargo volumes increased by 30 percent year on year.