MSC relaunches regular calling at Russian port of Novorossiysk despite sanctions
In less than two months after suspending shipping to the Russian ports on the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s largest container shipping line, has relaunched regular calling at the Russian port of Novorossiysk. The company’s vessels are processed at the NUTEP Container Terminal, owned by the Delo Group.
In early March, MSC together with other leading shipping lines suspended its services to Russia, including to the Black Sea ports. Almost two months after, the Switzerland-based company most likely recommenced its operations in the Port of Novorossiysk, the largest Russian on the Black Sea shore. On 20 April 2022, the MSC Laura ship was moored at the NUTEP container terminal. “We are grateful to our partners from MSC for maintaining regular ship calls to Novorossiysk and consolidating all their liner services at the NUTEP terminal in such a difficult time,” said Igor Yakovenko, CEO of DeloPorts, which manages the container terminal.
MSC Laura container ship was built in 1994. She is sailing under the flag of Panama. The vessel has a carrying capacity of 2,604 TEU, a draught of 8 metres, a length of 202.8 metres and a width of 30.6 meters. According to MarineTraffic.com, the vessel departed from Novorossiysk to the Port of Constanta. She arrived to the Romanian harbour on 21 April.