Thursday, July 16, 2015

Container Shipping Line Revises Freight Offering and Christens Largest Vessel

CMA CGM Changes African Rotation and Celebrates Addition of Another Mega Ship
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – French container shipping line CMA CGM has announced a revision of the company’s West African freight services in a week which also saw the group’s largest vessel christened whilst visiting Hamburg. The upgrade to the EURAF 4 service will take immediate effect connecting West Africa directly to West Mediterranean markets each week as from 18 July with the Maltese departure of the MV Spirit of Cape Town.

Until now, the service has been calling the following ports: Tangiers, Lome, Cotonou, Port Gentil, Libreville, Lome and Tangiers. This will now be revised with the addition of 2 new vessels meaning 7 ships between 2,200 and 2,700 TEU capacity will sail the following rotation: Malta, Livorno, Genoa, Fos-sur-Mer, Barcelona, Valencia, Tangiers, Cotonou, Lome, Port Gentil, Libreville, Tangiers, Malta.

The hub port of Tangiers will offer EURAF 1, EURAF2, EURAF 3, EURAF 5, WAZZAN and Guinea Express services whilst the Malta hub connects via EURAF 4 to the East Mediterranean, Red and Black Seas and North Africa. The CMA CGM Group has had an historical presence in Africa, since 2001 with the launching of its WAX service with the acquisition of Delmas in 2006 reinforcing this. The Group now calls at 28 ports in West Africa.

In Hamburg the christening of the CMA CGM Georg Forster went ahead in the presence of Jacques R. Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Group and Mrs Christine Kuehne, the vessel’s godmother, together with a host of institutional and political representatives, partners and clients. At 398 metres and with a capacity of 18,000 TEU the Georg Forster is the groups largest ship, the second such craft of the series of six that will enter the fleet in 2015 and join the company’s other 460 vessels.

Photo: The Georg Forster.