Tuesday, October 31, 2017

MSC Recommences Benghazi Container Freight Services as Normality Returns

First 900 TEU Box Vessel Due to Arrive Next Month
Shipping News Feature
LIBYA – Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced that it will resume container freight services to and from Benghazi, Libya, now that the port has re-opened, following a three-year closure stemming from the 2011 revolution. The port, which restarted operations at the beginning of the month, was forced to close when rivalling armed groups occupied the city in 2014.

With Libya’s second city coming back to some sort of normality with the safety of the port secured, MSC is set to resume operations to Benghazi with its 900 TEU container ship MSC Sheila expected to depart from Gioia Tauro, Italy, on November 18, 2017 on MSC’s Libya feeder service and expected to arrive at Benghazi on November 20, 2017.

The Port of Benghazi joins Libya’s major ports of Farwah, Bouri, Melittah, Zawia, Tripoli, Al Khoms, Misurata, Es Sider, Ras Lanuf, Marsa El Brega, Zuetina, and Marsa El Hariga, which have all been reopened to commercial vessels. The ports of Sirte and Derna remain closed with Tobruk reportedly closed since October 18.

Benghazi port closed in 2014 due to the conflict between forces loyal to eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar and an alliance of Islamists and other opponents. Hafter declared victory in July and work began to ensure the safety and security of the city's supply chain facilities with Benghazi airport having re-opened in mid-July.

Photo: The port was subjected to airstrikes and land based attacks during the recent conflict.