Friday, May 6, 2011

CMA CGM to Launch New Africa Asia Ocean Freight Service

Shaka Express Will Cater For Growing Market
Shipping News Feature

INDIAN OCEAN / ASIA – French-based CMA CGM have announced that from the 8th of May they will be launching a new service linking Asia, Indian Ocean Islands and South Africa to cater for what they say is a rapidly growing market.

Called ‘Shaka Express’, this new weekly service will deploy 6 vessels between 4500 and 6500 TEU, and will feature new reefer capacity for exports from Durban and Port Elizabeth/Nqura to Singapore and Hong Kong.

The new service will also connect with the CMA CGM’s global network of shipping lines via Hong Kong for cargo from and to Northern China as well as northbound and southbound calls in Port Louis in Mauritius which will allow the relay of cargo to and from all the Indian Ocean Islands by connecting to the CMA CGM Mascareignes service, which serves the Gulf, Pakistan and wider Indian Ocean.

The service rotation will be as follows: Fuzhou, Xiamen, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Singapore, Port Louis, Durban, Port Elizabeth (Ngqura), Port Louis, Singapore and back to Fuzhou.