By Hadi Fornaji.
Tripoli, 22 September:
A new direct shipping service . . .[restrict]from Italy and Slovenia to Libya’s three main ports will begin operations at the end of October.
The three-day service, operated by new Italian-headquartered shipping company Med Cross Lines, will offer a regular sailing schedule from Venice and Koper (Slovenia) direct to Benghazi, Mistrata and Tripoli.
Responding to market demand, the new service may add further European stops as well as other Libyan ports of Tobruk, Derna, Marsa el Brega and Ras Lanuf in the future.
Providing a variety of cargo services, vessels deployed on the line will offer shipment of 20’ and 40’ containers, including open top and flat rack styles. Reefer services, which can accommodate refrigerated cargo, will also be provided. There will be a ‘ro-ro’ (roll on/roll off) option, enabling transportation of cars, lorries and industrial and construction vehicles, as well as transit of palletised and general cargo.
Med Cross Lines said: “The service wishes to be a valid alternative and a new possibility not only for Italian companies but also for those of central-east Europe who are seeking to participate in the reconstruction phase of the new Libya.”