2M Alliance partners Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) have announced that Israel’s Haifa port has been selected the country’s first call from the 2M Alliance’s AE12/TP2 loops.
From the beginning of October, AE12\TP2 route will begin at the port of Busan, calling at Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, and Singapore, and from there to Port Said and Haifa Port. After calling at Haifa, the ships continue on to several ports in the Adriatic: Koper (Slovenia), Trieste (Italy), and Rijeka (Croatia).
Gustav Maersk (flag: Denmark, Built: 2008) will be the first container vessel to call. The vessel will enter Haifa Port for the first time on October 15, 2015. At 367 metres in length, with a maximum capacity of more than TEU 10,000, the Gustav will be the largest container ship ever to dock at an Israeli port.
Haifa Port CEO Mendi Zaltzman said "We are very proud of the fact we have been selected, and we are already preparing to accommodate this line in cooperation with other parties such as the Customs Authority and the cargo division of Israel Railways, so that we can provide the very best services to the shipping companies as well as importers and exporters, this is a great challenge for Haifa Port and all its workers."