Friday, March 25, 2011

Upgrade For Container Shipping Service By French Freight Group

CMA CGM reinforces its EPIC service between India, Pakistan, the Middle East and Europe
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – INDIA – PAKISTAN – MIDDLE EAST – French container line CMA CGM have announced they will upgrade their EPIC service as follows from this month. Firstly there will be a deployment of eight container vessels each with a nominal capacity of 5,700 TEU. Freight transit times to the eastern Mediterranean will significantly improve due to a new Westbound call at Port Said from the 30th March. Trips will be reduced by 4 days to Lattakia (Syria) and Istanbul (Turkey), 6 days to Mersin (Turkey) and 7 days to Beirut (Lebanon).

The Salalah call will be replaced by a stop at Khor Fakkan, to liaise with the MASCAREIGNES line serving the Indian Ocean and other transhipments will be from Tangiers for West Africa and Latin America, Malta for the western Mediterranean and Port Said for the Adriatic Sea, Black Sea, Middle East (Syria, Lebanon and Egypt), Turkey and Greece.

The new EPIC service rotation, already in effect is as follows:

Southampton - Rotterdam - Hamburg - Antwerp - Le Havre - Port Said - Khor Fakkan - Jebel Ali - Port Qasim - Nhava Sheva - Mundra - Jeddah - Port Said - Malta - Tangiers - Southampton.

Christophe de La Ferrière, Senior Manager Indian Subcontinent / Europe Lines commented:

"The addition of a call in Port Said is the main asset of this new service and will significantly reduce our transit times to the eastern Mediterranean. This new configuration meets the growing demand of our Indian and Pakistani customers exporting agricultural, textile and chemical products, as well as refrigerated goods, to markets in the Middle East, Black Sea and Turkey”.

Photo: A view of CMA GM headquarters Marseille