The vessel MSC Virgo has become the largest ever containership to call on the port of Pointe-Noire in Republic of Congo
The 366 m, 15,000 TEU vessel was met by an event organised by the port authority to celebrate its arrival which MSC has labelled a ‘new horizon for Central Africa’. Its stop at the port is part of MSC’s plans to extend its network in sub-Saharan Africa by redesigning its service to the West African coast.
MSC’s renewed presence in the Port of Pointe-Noire will serve as a gateway for international trade, increase the volumes handled, and contribute to the growth of economic activity in the country and Central Africa.
The port of Pointe-Noire is strategic for MSC's operations in Central Africa and provides an essential link to the region. The new call will enable direct and quick exchanges with Asia and Europe. It also confirms the Port of Pointe-Noire's key position as a transhipments platform for goods destined for Angola and Namibia.
The combination of the three maritime services calling at this port - Africa Express, the Angola service and the Matadi feeder liaising with the DRC - and the intermodal solutions to/from Pointe-Noire and Matadi will offer a seamless end-to-end experience.
The arrival of the MSC VIRGO at the Port of Pointe-Noire marks yet another milestone in the development of this important African port. Its presence will further contribute to the economic development of the region, while it is indicative of MSC's commitment to investing in Africa.