Tuesday, November 24, 2009

CMA CGM Refine Container Shipping Services To And From US And Canada

East Coast and Canadian Service with Northern Europe gets Revamp
Shipping News Feature

MARSEILLE – FRANCE – CMA CGM have announced some fine tuning to some of their services in line with their normal policy of re-appraisal of container routes. The services affected are the Liberty Bridge Loop, which adds Norfolk, Virginia to Loop One, adds Jacksonville, Florida as a direct call and confirms New York as the last port before transiting the Atlantic. The changes to Loop One take effect from 1st December.

The St. Laurent line, operated in parallel with Maersk Line, will be modified from 26th December. This North Europe to Canada rotation will be from Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Le Havre, Montreal and back to Bremerhaven, thus offering a complete and larger coverage of NWC origins.

The rotation of Liberty Bridge Loop One (Loop NWA) will now be scheduled as follows:

Westbound: Bremerhaven - Rotterdam - Felixstowe - Le Havre - New York - Norfolk - Charleston

Eastbound: Miami –Jacksonville – Savannah – Charleston - New York - Bremerhaven

The schedule for Liberty Bridge Loop Two (Loop Maersk) will be:

Westbound only: Rotterdam - Bremerhaven - Felixstowe - New York - Charleston - Savannah - Miami

In a statement by Msieu Jean Philippe Thenoz, CMA CGM’s vice president North American Lines he said,

"The reorganization of these two key services strengthens our transatlantic market coverage and enhances the quality and the reliability of our services for our customers.”

Just last week the French group predicted it would soon return to profitability.