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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12/20/2006

MSC Adds Charleston Call to Mediterranean Service

Charleston, SC - The Port of Charleston will be added as the last outbound port in a weekly shipping service to the Mediterranean. The upgraded service, by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), commences tomorrow with the call of the MSC LUGANO at North Charleston Terminal.

Charleston's position as the last outbound port should attract export cargo destined for the Mediterranean and beyond with transit time of 10 days to Valencia, Spain. The service also offers direct calls at the Italian ports of Naples and La Spezia and a call in Sines, Portugal.

“The potential is quite good in Charleston,” said Allen Clifford, executive vice president of MSC (USA). “Charleston is one of our larger ports to the Mediterranean.”

MSC will operate five ships in the service with an average capacity of 3,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). With this addition, MSC will have a total of five ship calls, including ships of post-Panamax size, each week at the Port of Charleston.