The city of Genoa, will become a key stop in the Mediterranean route, underlining the strategic importance of its port and its key position for international trade

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Starting in 2024, Genoa is preparing to welcome a new direct link to the Indian Ocean thanks to the Ocean Network Express (ONE) initiative. This news is set to revolutionise trade routes between India, Pakistan, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, offering new opportunities for the exchange of goods between these important economic hubs.

The connecting service, identified as IOM, will not only provide a crucial bridge between these geographical regions, but will also bring significant benefits to the port of Genoa. The city will become a key stop in the service’s rotation, underlining the strategic importance of its port and its key position for international trade.

The Hyundai Busan, a container ship with a capacity of 6,700 TEUs built back in 2006, will be the first vessel to take service on the new line. It will depart from the Indian port of Nhava Sheva on 14 January 2024, ushering in a new era of trade connectivity between the nations involved. The full service rotation will include key ports such as Mundra, Karachi, Jeddah, Damietta, Piraeus, Genoa, Valencia, Barcelona, Damietta, Jeddah, Karachi, Mundra, and finally Nhava Sheva.

This new connection not only facilitates the transport of goods between these regions but will also contribute to the expansion of business opportunities for Genoa, strengthening its role as a crucial access point between Europe and the Indian Ocean. Genoa can now look forward to the future as it prepares to become a major hub for international trade, thanks to the service offered by ONE and the growing importance of trade routes between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean.

Priano Marchelli