Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Another Container Freight Reefer Service Moves to London Gateway Port

CMA CGM Caribbean Routing Will Operate from River Thames Base in New Year
Shipping News Feature
UK – FRANCE – CARIBBEAN – With us having only yesterday commented on how its River Thames location was attracting importers and exporters, mainly due to its location convenient to many shippers, deep water container port London Gateway has today announced that French container line CMA CGM will in future have its European Caribbean Service calling at the Essex facility as from Friday, January 6 following enhancements to its rotation. Dedicated to reefer transport, CMA CGM says the service will provide one of the shortest transit times on the market between Central America and North Europe. It also enables the UK to connect with the whole of the Caribbean region through CMA CGM’s strategic hub in Kingston, Jamaica. The new ECS rotation will be:

Puerto Limon, Kingston, Rotterdam, DP World London Gateway, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Caucedo, Kingston, Santo Tomas de Castilla, Puerto Cortes and Puerto Limon.

The ECS service is offered in cooperation with Hapag–Lloyd and the service will be run by five 2,300 TEU capacity, state-of-the-art CMA CGM vessels and one Hapag–Lloyd vessel. CMA CGM already utilises DP World London Gateway on a number of services. The line’s NEMO service, linking Oceania, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, began calling at the port recently. Meanwhile, the EUROSAL service which connects the west coast of South America and Northern Europe, will be upgraded to utilise significantly larger, high reefer capacity vessels of almost 10,000 TEUs. Rob Waterman, CEO, CMA CGM UK, commented:

“We’re extremely pleased to be able to offer our customers an enhanced service offering between Central America and North Europe. These improvements will lead to shorter transit times and provide greater choice to shippers moving goods between Central America & the Caribbean to the UK. DP World London Gateway is exceptionally well equipped to handle reefer containers and we look forward to building on our good relationship with the Port to further enhance this service loop for our customers.”

The steady growth of the London port continues with the cranes arriving to kit out the third berth in June 2016 and work continuing on the Logistics Park as per our recent article. James Leeson, Head of Port Commercial, DP World London Gateway, enthused:

“This is a great win, not just for DP World London Gateway, but for the UK, too. The start of the improved ECS weekly service will broaden the Port’s trade route offering and also provide shippers with a highly competitive transit option between the UK and important Central American markets. Vessels calling here receive a superior temperature controlled container service. The Port has almost 1700 reefer plugs, a cassette and translifter system that enables containers to be moved around the terminal more efficiently and world-class inspection facilities that contribute to class leading release and dwell times.

“We look forward to receiving the first call by a vessel on the ECS service in the same week that the enhanced CMA CGM NEMO service begins calling at DP World London Gateway Port. With our great team, state-of-the-art technology and excellent turnaround times, we’re extremely well placed to offer CMA CGM and its customers using these service rotations the very best.”