Tuesday, November 24, 2015

French Container Line Expands Freight Services from Indian Ocean Hub

Regular Weekly Service from Europe in Route Sharing Cooperation
Shipping News Feature
FRANCE – Despite the fact it sits to the east of Madagascar, Réunion Island is in fact a part of the Eurozone, a status achieved by the fact it is a French département d'outre-mer or overseas department. In August 2014 France’s largest shipping line CMA CGM signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the island as the group’s maritime hub in the Indian Ocean and is now upgrading its connecting container freight services across a large swathe of the globe.

Now European shippers will see departures to La Réunion every Wednesday whilst the island acts as a hub between Northern Europe, Southern Europe, India, Singapore, and Australia utilising CMA CGMs Nemo Line service. From 11 December 2015 3 new calls will be added: Pointe des Galets port in La Réunion Island, Fos in France, and Salerno in Italy (switching from Genova on the northbound leg). The French group claims the best transit times on the market with Pointe des Galets port being reached in 21 days from Le Havre and 16 days from Fos.

By adding a call at Fos, CMA CGM offers a direct connection between South of France, La Réunion Island and Australia. The new rotation will be as follows:

Tilbury, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Fos, Genova, Damietta, Pointe des Galets, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Singapore, Port Kelang, Chennai, Colombo, Cochin, Damietta, Malta, and Salerno.

CMA CGM will operate 7 out of the 13 vessels employed on the route, each of 4,200 TEU capacity, the rest being operated by Hapag-Lloyd on its Europe Australia Express service (EAX).