ZIM, the Israeli shipping line is announcing the new service called ‘Mexico Central America Express’ (MXC) which, starting in early October, will connect the Kingston hub in Jamaica with Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, says Alphaliner.
The ‘MXC’ will stop at Kingston, Progreso, Veracruz, Altamira, Santo Tomás de Castilla, Puerto Cortés, Kingston. It will tour in two weeks with fortnightly departures, using the 957 teu PEP CONTSHIP motor ship.
ZIM is already connecting Kingston with Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras with other separate services. The Kingston-Puerto Cortés-Santo Tomás de Castilla route is operated through slots on Caribbean Feeder Services’ (CFS) Central America Feeder Service, which ZIM calls ‘CFE’.
Meanwhile, the Kingston-Veracruz-Altamira route is covered by ZIM’s Mexico-Caribbean ‘CCS’ service, operated in conjunction with X-Press Feeders. Finally, Progreso is served to and from Kingston through ZIM’s participation in CMA CGM Kingston-Mexico’s ‘Altamira Express’ service.
Finally Alphaliner concludes that, it is not yet clear what impact the launch of the ‘MXC’ service will have on the previous current agreements.