“The deployment of larger vessels highlights our strong growth in container volumes and the success of the PEX 3 service connecting America’s heartland to global markets like Asia,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans president and CEO. “Gulf Coast container volumes are predicted to continue to rise, and we look forward to capturing the growth opportunities with our ocean carrier partners like CMA CGM.”
CMA CGM operates the Pusan C as part of the company’s PEX 3 Service, a direct weekly container service to Asia from Port NOLA. The PEX 3 Service is part of the Ocean Alliance that includes CMA CGM, OOCL, Evergreen and Cosco. The direct ports of call are Singapore, Vung Tau, Hong Kong, Shekou, Ningbo, Shanghai and Busan, Korea, with connections to more than 30 destinations throughout Asia.
CMA CGM currently operates three weekly services from Port NOLA: the PEX 3 Service to/from Asia, the Brazex Service to/from the Caribbean and South/Central American ports, and the Victory Bridge Service to/from Northern European ports.
Port NOLA recorded a year-over-year 20 percent growth in containerized cargo volumes in the first three months of fiscal year 2019 and said the growth has been driven by both increased exports and imports.