11 Dec 2002
Port of Tauranga today announced that it has been chosen as the sole North Island port of call for the Mediterranean Shipping Company's (MSC) new service from Europe and the Mediterranean.
The new direct service to some key European markets will call at Tauranga and an east coast port in the South Island. It will be introduced by MSC in January next year and will employ 14 vessels on a fixed-day weekly service.
Chief Executive of the Port of Tauranga, Jon Mayson, says MSC's choice of Tauranga as its hub for the North Island recognizes the port's facilities and location as well as the connections it provides into Auckland through Metroport, it's inland port in South Auckland.
"It's a real vote of confidence in the vision behind Metroport and in our ability to service the major metropolitan market," he says.
Auckland cargoes will move by rail to and from Metroport.
The new service is a direct connection to the Mediterranean and Europe and further enhances the services available through the Port of Tauranga, Mr Mayson says.
It also provides customers through Tauranga with a direct connection to Fremantle and Adelaide for the first time.
The southbound service rotation will be Antwerp, Felixstowe, Rouen, Le Havre, Valencia, La Spezia, Marseille, Pointe des Galets, (in Reunion), Port Louis (Mauritius), Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Tauranga and an east coast port in the South Island.
From New Zealand the ships will proceed to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide,Fremantle, Singapore, Jedda, La Spezia, Antwerp and Felixstowe.
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