CMA CGM said Wednesday it will adjust its service network between Asia and South Africa, Mozambique, and the Indian Ocean islands.
The French container line will partner with Maersk Line on two services, and drop out of two existing services – one operated by Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CSAV, and another by its subsidiary Delmas.
From April 24, CMA CGM will join Maersk on an eight-ship service it will call New Shaka 2, with a rotation of Shanghai, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Yantian, Tanjun Pelepas, Port Louis, Durban, Port Elizabeth/Ngqura, Port Louis, Singapore, Nansha, and Shanghai. The service will be operated with eight 6,500-TEU vessels (seven from Maersk and one from CMA CGM).
According to American Shipper
liner research affiliate ComPair Data
, the rotation is quite similar to Maersk’s existing Safari 1 service, with the Fuzhou call added and a Cape Town call deleted. CMA CGM currently serves the trade through slots on an MSC-CSAV service which it brands Shaka. That service actually continues on to service Europe, but CMA CGM only takes space on the Asia-Africa-Indian Ocean Islands legs.
Meanwhile, the two lines will also partner on a service connecting southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands solely with Southeast Asia. CMA CGM will provide four of seven 2,200-TEU ships on the service, which it will brand MOZEX2. The rotation will be Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Pointe Des Galets, Toamasine, Maputo, Beira, Nacala, Port Louis, Port Kelang, and Tanjung Pelepas.
CMA CGM will drop an existing service, operated by Delmas, with a rotation of Port Kelang, Reunion Island, Maputo, Beira, Nacala, Port Louis, and Port Kelang. — Eric Johnson