The Mediterranean Shipping Company’s “Golden Gate Service” made its inaugural call this week into the Port of Charleston. The MSC Rita arrived in Charleston on Thursday, linking the Port of Charleston with the Middle East, China, and Southeast Asia. The MSC Rita is the first vessel to arrive as part of the “Golden Gate Service” in Charleston.
South Carolina State Ports Authority CEO and President Jim Newsome says “Importers and exporters across the U.S. Southeast and Gulf region will benefit from additional connections into China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and India through Charleston.”
In 2009, MSC and the State Ports Authority signed a five-year extension to the carrier’s contract, which lengthened the commitment in Charleston to 2017.