CMA CGM Continues Asia-Europe Services Overhaul

first_imgzoom World’s third largest container line CMA CGM is reshuffling its Europe-Asia FAL1 and FAL3 services, the company’s second update on these trade lines this week.Starting June 24, CMA CGM will reorganize its FAL1 service rotation to improve the coverage within northern China.Twelve 11,000 to 18,000 TEUs vessels will sail the following rotation: Tianjin, Dalian, Pusan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Port Klang, Algeciras, Southampton, Dunkirk, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, Malta, Khor Fakkan, Yantian, Tianjin.Starting June 29, and during 12 weeks, the FAL3 service will be operated alternately with the FAL2 service.In order to be harmonized with the FAL2 rotation, the FAL3 rotation, deploying 11,400 to 13,800 TEUs vessels, is therefore modified and will call the following ports weekly: Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Chiwan, Yantian, Port Klang, Le Havre, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Jeddah, Port Klang, and Ningbo.The company says that the new configuration will provide a junction between North and West African markets and Asian markets with the call at Spain’s Algeciras; a complete coverage of United Kingdom with the Southampton and Felixstowe import call; and an improved service from North Europe to Beirut and a new call via its EPIC service joining Beirut to the Middle East.”The new Chinese ports coverage by the FAL1 service and its complementarity with the FAL2 and FAL3 services will allow us to provide a better response to the market’s needs and to offer a very high quality service,” said Nicolas Sartini, CMA CGM Group’s Senior Vice President Asia – Europe trades.CMA CGM will continue providing a total of 9 departures from Asia to North Europe each week.Last week, two of the largest container lines – MSC and Maersk Line – announced optimisation  of all of their Asia-Europe services within their 2M vessel sharing alliance, in an effort to improve their schedule reliability.last_img

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