CMA CGM opts for London Gateway as it re-jigs reefer services
FRENCH shipping giant CMA CGM is replacing five 2,200-2,600-TEUers going from Europe and Latin America with nine 10,500-TEU vessels, offering exporters another 500 reefer plugs a week
FRENCH shipping giant CMA CGM is replacing five 2,200-2,600-TEUers going from Europe and Latin America with nine 10,500-TEU vessels, offering exporters another 500 reefer plugs a week.
The reorganisation of CMA CGM's north-south network follows hard on the heels of a similar move by Maersk and its unit Hamburg Sud, which has restructured its west coast South America-North Europe network, noted London's Loadstar.
The Marseilles-based carrier will discontinue its Europe-Caribbean ECS service after the final southbound sailing departing June 6 from Rotterdam, which connected the Hamburg-Le Havre northern range.
This North Europe-Caribbean perishables service to the ports of Moin, Puerto Cortes and Puerto Barrios and the transshipment hubs of Kingston and Caucedo is now subject to change.
As part of the rationalisation of its services between Europe and Latin America, UK's London Gateway will soon become a key hub for its perishables traffic.
The final northbound sailing is on July 27, when the 2,200-TEU CMA CGM Port St Georges departs Moin, reports London's Lloyd's List.
Instead, CMA CGM will deploy far bigger vessels and upgrade its Eurosal and PCRF services, and centre its Latin America-North Europe perishables network around the new cold chain warehouse at the port-centric logistics park adjacent to London Gateway.
The Eurosal service, which also runs from the Hamburg-Le Havre range, but to west coast South America and hubs in Panama and Cartagena, will deploy nine 10,500-TEUers.
CMA CGM will also change its Mediterranean-Caribbean network and merging its Medcarine, Med Americas and Medgulf services into the New Medcaribe service that will deploy eight 6,700-TEU vessels, with direct calls to the west coast South America replaced by feeder services out of Cartagena and Manzanillo.