More great news for the Port Authority of Saint John. Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the second largest container shipping line in the world, was recently welcomed by all levels of Government during a public announcement held at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal in Saint John. The bi-weekly service is scheduled to commence in May, and will now give New Brunswick a direct link to shipping worldwide.
In Canada, the ships of MSC previously operated in only the ports of Montreal and Vancouver, so this is a key partnership for Saint John’s Port Authority, and will undoubtedly become a major component of New Brunswick’s economic growth and development.
Saint John (NB) – Members of the Port of Saint John community and dignitaries from three levels of government welcomed officials from Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) during a public announcement held at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal today.
MSC is a privately owned global container shipping line operating in 6 continents and calling over 300 ports worldwide. MSC, the second largest container shipping line in the world, is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and in Canada their ships operate at Canada’s 2 largest ports, Vancouver and Montreal.
“The introduction of MSC to Port Saint John this May with a bi-weekly service brings a global container connection for New Brunswick shippers which have not been available for the past quarter century,” noted Jim Quinn, President & CEO of Saint John Port Authority. “This is a key step in Port Saint John’s renewal strategy”.
“The Port of Saint John is a key player in developing the economy of Saint John and New Brunswick,” said Premier David Alward. “The addition of the Port of Saint John to MSC’s ports of call is another key partnership for the Saint John Port Authority.”
“I am thrilled to hear today that our Port is realizing success in their pursuit of growth in the container business. It has been a quarter of a century since Saint John has had global container line and starting in May we will once again have this service,” commented Rodney Weston, MP for Saint John. “I commend the creative leadership at our Port and their innovative approaches to bringing new business opportunities to our city and region.”
“We are honored to be part of the renewal strategy of Port of Saint John and the means of creation of new, international business opportunities for the industries of New Brunswick” said Mr. Sokat Shaikh, President of MSC Canada.
The MSC container service connecting Port Saint John to the world will begin in May 2012 and be available every other week.
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