Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Freight Ship And Extra Port Call For Container Shipping Giant

CMA CGM Name New Box Vessel and Add Extra Greek Stop
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – GREECE – French ocean container line CMA CGM announced the christening of their latest addition, the Maltese flagged vessel was delivered by Korean group Hyundai Heavy Industries on the 21st April, with the naming of the 11,400 TEU CMA CGM Titan at the Dunkirk Freight Terminal in the presence of her ‘godmother’, Mrs Laurence Parisot, President of the French employers federation, MEDEF. The company says it is determined to see France and its port terminals regain their position in the international shipping arena, hence the local ceremony.

Over the last few years the CMA CGM Group say it has invested in several French terminals, including the Terminal des Flandres at Dunkirk. The group believe a strategic location near the big north European ports, its three berths on the 1.4 km quay, six gantry cranes and the significant 17.3 metre draft capacity mean the terminal offers customers an efficient and reliable service. With five regular services from the West Indies, Asia, Panama and Morocco, the group generates more than 70% of the volumes handled by the terminal, making Dunkirk France’s third most important port in terms of container volumes.

The Titan is the eighth from twelve vessels named after constellations and the ship is similar to the other large capacity vessels in the fleet boasting the Fast Oil Recovery system, an electronically controlled engine and a twisted leading edge rudder in a bid to give a more efficient vessel with sustainable issues a prime concern. The ship was designed to fulfil an anticipated growth in the Asian export freight market and will be deployed on the group’s flagship lines linking Asia to Europe, the “French Asia Line” and calls at strategic ports in Asia and on the European Atlantic side.

The company also have announced that its EPIC service is now calling Piraeus on its way from North Europe to Indian subcontinent and the Middle East. The new port call will mean reduced transit times, Le Havre – Piraeus in only 7 days, Antwerp – Piraeus in 10 days, a reduction of four days on the current service and a direct service from Southampton, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Le Havre and Antwerp to Piraeus.

The change also means the run from Piraeus to the Arab Gulf, Indian subcontinent and the Far East connects it directly with Jebel Ali, Port Qasim, Nhava Sheva and Mundra and an improved accessibility for Turkish customers with containers from the Turkish ports of Hayderpasa Gebze Avcilar and Gemlik reaching Jebel Ali via Piraeus in between17 and 19 days.

The new rotation is as follows:

Southampton, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Piraeus, Khor Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Port Qasim, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jeddah, Malta, Tangiers and back to Southampton and the first vessel to start the rotation from North Europe is the CMA CGM Rossini, planned to call Piraeus on May 31st.

Photo:- Vessel under construction at Hyundai Yards, South Korea.