December 4 - MACS Maritime Carrier will begin a new multipurpose service connecting the UK and northwest Europe with the US Gulf, Mexico and US East Coast in January 2015.

The 34,000 dwt open hatch box-shaped multipurpose container vessels, Amber Lagoon and Purple Beach, both of which are capable of lifting 110 tonnes, will be deployed in the service.

The new service, which will initially be performed on a monthly basis, will accept breakbulk cargo, unitised cargo, rolling stock, steel products, project cargo, bulk parcels and containers.

Amber Lagoon will execute the first eastbound sailing from the US Gulf, leaving Houston on January 5, 2015; while the first westbound voyage will begin loading in Bremen, Germany on January 30, 2015.

The rotation of the service will be as follows: Altamira (Mexico), New Orleans, Houston, Rotterdam, Immingham, Bremen, Antwerp and Bilbao - however, MACS says that other ports en route in Europe and America will be served on demand.

In Europe, Hamburg-based MACS will manage the service, while in the US and Mexico the new service will be represented by general agent, Galborg USA.