Friday, May 14, 2010

CMA CGM Continue Revision Of Container Shipping Routes

French Asia Line and Asia - Mexican Gulf Services Affected
Shipping News Feature

GLOBAL – French container shipping giant CMA CGM have announced two route changes to their regular container shipping services this week. The FAL 5 network, operated 50/50 with Maersk Line is to commence with CMA CGM supplying 5 of the 10 vessels deployed on the route, each capable of carrying around 13,000 TEU, starting with a sailing by the company’s largest ship, the Christophe Colomb.

This new service will be operating as per the slow steaming principle and comes in addition to the Group’s existing 11 FAL services on the Asia-Europe route, providing comprehensive port coverage on this trade and the rotation will be:

Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Le Havre, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Port Kelang, Singapore, Ningbo.

Nicolas Sartini, Senior Vice President Asia Europe Lines CMA CGM commented:

“The launching of the FAL5 service, just in time for the Westbound Peak Season, provides CMA CGM customers with a unique combination of fast transit times and optimum port coverage. The service is also connected to a wide range of in-house feeders, barges and rail services in Asia and Europe, offering door-to-door transports that allow CMA CGM to propose tailor made solutions to its clients.”

CMA CGM have also added two extra calls to their Asia – Gulf of Mexico service (PEX3) as from 20th May. These will be Mobile, Alabama and Pusan in South Korea and will extend services to and from North China using Pusan for transhipment and provide an extra US exit port accessing the company’s Middle and Far Eastern networks.

This makes the PEX3 rotation:

Singapore, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Shanghai, Pusan, Panama Canal, Manzanillo, Houston, Mobile, Miami, Jacksonville, Savannah, Charleston, Tangiers, Jebel Ali and Singapore.

Photo:- CMA CGM Christophe Colomb on sea trials recently.