MSC Keeps Europe’s Supply Chains Moving with Short Sea Services


  • Short sea shipping can be a reliable alternative to road transport across land borders
  • MSC’s combination of deep sea services and short sea services​, connected to its landside intermodal operations, enable reliable door-to-door deliveries for dry and reefer cargo
  • MSC is a key partner of choice offering tailor made transport and logistics solutions during the COVID-19 situation and beyond
  • MSC’s European & Short Sea services can help meet any present and future domestic and foreign trade demands

Recent measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 have created new disruptions and slowdowns to intra-European trade and traffic, putting strains on the supply chain for the delivery of essential goods – including food, medical equipment and other vital supplies.

With border closures and strict controls now under way in many European countries, intra-European road transport is delayed by lengthy traffic jams.

At MSC we are working tirelessly to provide essential container shipping and logistics services within Europe and across the global economy. As one of the key actors in international supply chains, we are maintaining our strong customer focus everywhere and we continue to ensure a range of services across all markets.

Building on its extensive direct Mediterranean and Baltic feeder network and in response to market and customer needs, shippers of dry and reefer cargo can rely on MSC’s European & Short Sea services to help ensure continuous and quicker flow of their goods across Europe.

Short sea shipping as a reliable alternative to road transport

Short sea shipping refers to the movement of cargo by sea over relatively short distances, as opposed to the intercontinental cross-ocean deep sea shipping.

To cope with the current the COVID-19 situation, MSC is ready to help its customers minimise the disruptions to their businesses by taking some cargo off the road and avoiding traffic bottlenecks.

With decades of experience, MSC operates its own dedicated Mediterranean and North European network offering high frequency of sailings and feeder services. MSC also brings complementary intermodal services via road, rail, and barge to satisfy customer end-to-end requirements on the continental market.

Using MSC’s Short Sea Services can bring shippers of dry and reefer cargo multiple benefits:

  • Expanded freight capacity
  • Increased flexibility
  • Speedy operations to maximise on-time delivery
  • Expert advice and support
  • Cost-efficient solutions 
  • Lower emissions

For more information on MSC’s European & Short Sea Services:

For questions, please contact your MSC local agent.