The North Europe Service 1 (NE-1) run by ZIM Integrated Shipping Services and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is the most important liner service linking Hamburg weekly with Israel via the Mediterranean. Transport volumes have grown continuously since 2007, in all by around 21 percent. In 2013 around TEU 62,000 were transported on seaborne container services along this route.
The ZIM Hamburg berthed for the first time at EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH) on July 7th. From there she will regularly be making the round voyage to Antwerp, Le Havre, Ashdod, Alexandria, Haifa, Ashdod, Valencia, Felixstowe, Rotterdam and back again to Hamburg.
The main cargoes shipped via Hamburg will be food and beverages, chemical products and machinery and equipment.
From Israel come chemical products, food and beverages, and products of agriculture, forestry, hunting, forestry and fisheries.
The ZIM Hamburg has a slot capacity of 6,350 TEU, including 500 for reefer containers. The ship was built in Japan, delivered in May, 2009, and is 293 metres long, with a beam of 40 metres and a draft fully laden of 14 metres.