Monday, February 17, 2014

Oceania - US Container Shipping Services Revised

French Box Specialist Upgrades to Weekly Rotation
Shipping News Feature

US – OCEANIA – THE AMERICAS – French container shipping line CMA CGM says it will now be able to provide weekly services to and from Australia and New Zealand, Central and South America, the Caribbean, North America (USEC) and Canada with the upgrading of Oceania - US services with the launch of the PAD 2 service, as from the beginning of March 2014.

PAD 2 will complement the existing fortnightly PAD 1 service and the company says it will offer the fastest direct transit times from Australia and New Zealand to all US ports whilst the routing will have direct calls in New Zealand’s North & South Islands and will allow CMA CGM greater reefer capacity. From March 4, 2014 the new PAD 2 service rotation will be as follows:

Philadelphia (Tue) – Charleston (Fri) – Cartagena (Wed) – Balboa (Fri) – Auckland (Tue) – Sydney (Fri) – Melbourne (Mon) – Port Chalmers (Sat) –Napier (Tue) – Tauranga (Thu) – Auckland (Fri) – Manzanillo, PA (Tue) – Cartagena (Wed).

Xavier Eiglier, Vice-President CMA CGM Oceania Lines, emphasised that using the group’s global network would mean a better overall service offering, saying:

“With this new service, CMA CGM reinforces its presence in the Pacific region by increasing its offer to and from the US We thus confirm the importance for the group to grow in Oceania.”