Thursday, January 23, 2014

French Line Makes Substantial Changes to Container Shipping Freight Schedules

Alterations to Services with Inception of New Feeder Route and Influence of Chinese Lunar New Year
Shipping News Feature

MOZAMBIQUE – CHINA – WORLDWIDE – The world’s third largest container shipping line CMA CGM has announced changes to its services with the introduction of a new freight feeder dedicated to Mozambique ports, whilst reducing demand on its services out of China in anticipation of the Lunar New Year period in China starting on February 4.

First to Mozambique where, with the launch of the new feeder service dubbed the ‘Rhino Express’, the group is expanding its service opportunities in Southern Africa through an extended coverage of five ports in Mozambique, including two new ports: Quelimane and Pemba; the development of cabotage in Mozambique; a better transit time from India, Middle East, Europe and South America East Coast to Maputo and Beira; and direct connection between Mozambique and Durban.

This feeder comes in addition of CMA CGM’s Mozex and Mascareignes Lines which already called in Mozambique. Since December 2013, the Rhino Express is operated as follows:

Durban (South Africa) – Maputo (Mozambique) – Beira – Quelimane – Nacala – Pemba – Maputo – Durban.

Over in China, CMA CGM has cancelled multiple sailings ahead of the Chinese New Year. To continue providing its customers with usual quality of service and maintain an optimum coverage of the range during this period, CMA CGM will implement additional calls:

On the Far East to North Europe trade, 5 sailings will be cancelled on FAL lines:

Week 06 • Cancel 1 sailing on FAL1 on board CMA CGM Christophe Colomb in Ningbo on February 5th -  Cargo will be charged on FAL 3 aboard CMA CGM Aquila with additional calls in Chiwan and Tangier

• Cancel 1 sailing on FAL7 on board MSC Vega in Ningbo on February 4th - Cargo will be charged on FAL6 on board MSC Vandya with calls in Sines and Le Havre

Week 07 • Cancel 1 sailing on FAL2 on board Mercury in Ningbo on February 12th - Cargo will be charged on FAL1 on board Christophe Colomb and on FAL6 on board MSC Vandya

• Cancel 1 sailing on FAL7 in Ningbo on February 11th - Cargo will be charged on FAL6 on board MSC Sonia with calls in Sines and Le Havre and on FAL1 on board Christophe Colomb with a call in Singapore

Week 08 • Cancel 1 sailing on FAL3 on board CMA CGM Pegasus in Xingang on February 13th and in Shanghai on February 22nd  -   Pegasus will sail to North China and Korea with calls in Xingang, Dalian, Pusan and Qingdao with transshipment of exports on FAL1 on board CMA CGM Laperouse in Xiamen.

Furthermore, on the Asia to Mediterranean Trade, 2 sailings will be cancelled on MEX lines:

Week 07 • Cancel 1 sailing on MEX3 on board Don Pascuale in Xiamen on February 10th   - Cargo will be charged on MEX1 with additional calls in Genoa.

• Cancel 1 sailing on MEX3 on board CMA CGM Titus in Xiamen on February 24th - Cargo will be charged on MEX1 with additional calls in Genoa.

Finally, on the Asia to Red Sea Trade, 3 sailings will be cancelled on REX lines

Week 07 • Cancel 1 sailing on REX2 on board Hanjin Madrid in Shanghai on February 9th

Week 08 • Cancel 1 sailing on REX3 on board Algarrobo in Port Kelang on February 20th

Week 09 • Cancel 1 sailing on REX3 on board Sils in Port Kelang on February 27th.