Thursday, January 14, 2021

Another Major Container Shipping Line Chooses to Set Up at Strategic French Port

Taiwanese Box Carrier Announces Joint Venture
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – TAIWAN – The Yang Ming Marine Transport group, after a forty year agency agreement with CLB Liner, part of the French NAXCO group, has formed Yang Ming (France) SAS, a joint venture with that group, to expand the Taiwanese line's investment in the French market.

The new company will be based at 156, Rue Victor-Hugo 76600 in Le Havre and, as a member of the maritime consortium THE Alliance, Yang Ming, the ninth largest container carrier in the world, currently offers a number of weekly services calling at Le Havre and Fos-sur-Mer with destinations in Asia and North America. Steven Ka, formerly Yang Ming CEO in Australia and now in charge of the new entity, said:

“The creation of a French subsidiary strengthens our global integrated office network. Based in Le Havre, France’s leading port for external trade, Yang Ming (France) SAS will consolidate its trading capacity and enable greater operational efficiency to be achieved in the French market.”

Yang Ming’s full range of services covers more than 70 countries with over 170 service points and includes a fleet of 90 ships with a capacity exceeding 7 million deadweight tonnes, plus a logistics unit and container terminals in Taiwan, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States. Le Havre is part of the HAROPA group of French ports and Sales & Marketing Director, Laurent Foloppe commented:

“Basing the new French subsidiary of the Yang Ming shipping line in Le Havre with an integrated office under the group label will consolidate the attractiveness and competitiveness of our port complex. It is also an important sign of the confidence felt in the development of our connections to the world’s major ports, including the major hubs in Asia.

”With this new Yang Ming France entity in Le Havre, no less than six shipping lines have now chosen our Ocean City as the location for their main office, not forgetting all the French operational bases maintained here by the majority of shipping lines.”

Photo: The Port of Le Havre has been chosen as the site for the new operation.