The liner carrier Zim said Wednesday it is adding an extra call in Israel to the rotation of its transatlantic ZCA service from Nov. 19.
The carrier will add an eastbound call at Ashdod to the existing rotation.
The loop, which links the U.S. and Canadian east coasts and Mediterranean ports, will have a rotation of Haifa, Piraeus, Genoa, Tarragona, Halifax, New York, Savannah, Kingston (Jamaica), Tarragona, Ashdod, and Haifa.
The service is operated with six Zim vessels with an average capacity of 4,250 TEUs, according to American Shipper
affiliate ComPair Data. COSCO Container Lines, Hapag-Lloyd, and China Shipping take slots on the service.
Zim said transit time on the service eastbound will be 22 days from New York to Ashdod. Current transit time to Haifa from New York is 24 days. For comparison, Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC), which this month added two calls at Haifa to the transatlantic leg of its Golden Gate service, offers transit times of 28 days from New York to Haifa, according to American Shipper
affiliate ComPair Data. That’s largely due to MSC calling six ports in between New York and Haifa eastbound, compared to three calls for Zim between New York and Israel. Transit time to Haifa from Norfolk, the last port out of North America on the MSC service, is 15 days.
On the westbound side, however, MSC offers 11-day transit time from Haifa to New York on the Golden Gate, compared to 16 days on Zim’s ZCA loop. Haifa is the only Med port called on the Golden Gate service, which also connects to the Indian Subcontinent and Far East. - Eric Johnson