Port of Portland Added to MSC’s U.S.-China Rotation

Mustang container service route
A map of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s Mustang container service route connecting China and the U.S. Image via MSC.

The Port of Portland has been added to the rotation of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s “Mustang” service connecting China and the U.S., the ocean carrier announced in December.

The revised route was launched Dec. 26, making an MSC Bhavya on voyage UV152A the first sailing on the latest rotation. The full revised port rotation includes Shanghai, Busan, Portland, Los Angeles and Shanghai.

“We will extend coverage of the U.S. West Coast by adding a call in Portland with a view to increasing much needed capacity (in) this market,” MSC said in a statement.

MSC said that the service complements the company’s Rose service, which also makes stops at Portland.

The ocean carrier’s announcement is the latest in a series of new services coming to the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 over the last two years, including the expansion of South Korea-based carrier SM Line and an increase in new private charter vessels and domestic 53-foot containers.