Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New Brazilian Port Schedules from Container Shipping Group

More Realignment of South American Services for CMA CGM
Shipping News Feature

SOUTH AMERICA – BRAZIL - Following the end of its cooperation with Maersk Line on the South America East Coast, Caribbean Trade, French container shipping group CMA CGM has decided to maintain and upgrade its fixed-day weekly BRAZIL EXPRESS (BRAZEX) Service as from end August 2012 with the introduction of two new Brazilian ports on its rotation, Manaus and Salvador de Bahia.

As from the 20th August 2012 departing from Manzanillo, Panama en route to Brazil, the CMA CGM Group network will be covered by the new BRAZEX* service in which it will be the sole vessel operator with eight dedicated vessels of 1,700 TEU each. The rotation will be as follows:

Manzanillo (Panama, Monday), Kingston (Jamaica, Thursday), Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago, Monday), Manaus (Brazil, Tuesday), Suape (Brazil, Tuesday), Santos (Brazil, Saturday), Paranaguá (Brazil, Monday), Itajaí (Brazil, Tuesday), Santos (Friday), Rio de Janeiro (Sunday), Salvador de Bahia (Brazil, Wednesday), Cartagena (Chile, Saturday), Manzanillo.

With eight ports called upon in Brazil, CMA CGM says this service will offer the best coverage in the trade with the BRAZEX service offering its customers a seamless relay to the South American North and West Coast, Central America and US Gulf markets, through the company’s four local hubs: Kingston, Port of Spain, Cartagena and Manzanillo.

Editors Note: You may choose to spell Brazil with a Z or an S. Unfortunately so does CMS CGM which calls the service BRASEX* on their route finder as opposed to the spelling they quote elsewhere. We decided to use Z on this occasion as per their press release.