MED/WEST COAST OF U.S./CANADA CARRIERS ADD CALL AT FOS
Four carriers of the CP Ships group and Zim Israel Navigation Co. are adding a call at the French port of Fos to their Mediterranean/West Coasts of the U.S. and Canada container service.
CP Ships-owned Italia Line, Lykes Lines, TMM Lines and Contship Containerlines all take space on the Med Pacific Express service.
The new call at Fos (near Marseilles) gives French shippers the only direct all-water service to the West Coast of North America, an advantage Italian and Spanish shippers have enjoyed for years, Italia said. French shippers will be able to avoid transshipment and cut transit times.
The service operates every 10 days between the Mediterranean, North Coast of South America, Central America and West Coast of North America. By transshipment, it also connects with ports located on the West coast of South America.
In North America, the service calls at Long Beach, Calif.; Vancouver, B.C.; Portland. Ore.; Oakland, Calif.; and Mazatlan, Mexico.