Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Revitalised Freight Services and a New Container Ship for Box Line

African Intermodal and Logistics Coverage 'More Comprehensive'
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – AFRICA – CHINA – WORLDWIDE – Despite the tendency to harmonise freight services with other container lines there is still room for shipping lines to go it alone as evidenced by CMA CGM’s latest news. The French box carrier has announced details of its rejuvenated EURAF 1 and EURAF 2 services which will see twelve of the company’s 2,600 and 3,500 TEU vessels serving Africa from Western Europe in a move it says will enable customers to utilise the group’s bespoke intermodal solutions and logistics expertise throughout the continent.

The services will offer two weekly services from Europe and the Mediterranean to Africa instead of one, which CMA CGM says will improve reliability and punctuality, with a new calls distribution between the different EURAF services and strategic calls in Hamburg and London Gateway ports to Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal, and two weekly calls in Antwerp.

The EURAF 1 service will deploy six 3,500 TEU vessels on the following direct weekly rotation: Dunkirk, Antwerp, Le Havre, Montoir, Tangiers, Dakar, Abidjan, Dakar, Tangiers and Dunkirk. The first voyage will start from Dunkirk, on 22 January 2015, on the CS Discovery.

The EURAF 2 service will also deploy six 2,600 TEU vessels on the following direct weekly rotation: Antwerp, Hamburg, London Gateway, Tangiers, TinCan, Tema, Abidjan and Antwerp. The first voyage will start from Antwerp, on 25 January 2015, on the MV Frisia Helsinki.

CMA CGM is also not standing still when it comes to a vessel replacement programme, on 22 December 2014 the company received delivery of the CMA CGM Tigris, destined to be a chartered bareboat sailing under the Maltese flag, and, like her sister ship the CMA CGM Litani, the result of collaboration between the Chinese shipyards NTS (New Times Shipbuilding’s, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China), CIMC group and the CMA CGM Group staff who said the vessel, built within 10 months of her keel being laid, and delivered on-time, showed once again the proficiency of the NTS shipyards.

The CMA CGM Tigris, latest in the French lines ‘River’ series, is equipped with all the latest environmental technologies to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, and will operate the SEAS trade on the following rotation: Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Hong Kong, Singapore, Santos, Paranagua, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande, Paranagua, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai.