Boxship giant MSC is adding ships to its Asia-Europe strings to combat congestion. "We can only assume that container terminal congestion at the main ports of the trade will continue to worsen, leading us to anticipate and incorporate longer time buffers in the schedule, in terms of port stays and speed at sea," it said. The company is "heavily investing" in the East-West network, it added. "Specifically, MSC will phase in additional vessels to existing loops on the trade," it said. "Deploying these extra assets on our services underscores our commitment to operating a stable and ever-improving network within the existing constraints facing all carriers, such as congestion, bad weather and other unexpected disruptions." The implementation of the new network is planned for early March 2019. Its 2M