CMA CGM debuts intra-Med serviceBruce Barnard, Special Correspondent | Mar 18, 2016
CMA CGM on Friday announced its debut in the intra-Mediterranean trade with a dedicated direct service between nine southern Europe, North Africa and Middle East ports.
The French ocean carrier will deploy four ships with capacities of 1,200 to 1,700 twenty-foot-equivalent units on the WEMED route linking Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Mersin, Iskenderun, Beirut, Alexandria, Malta and Algiers.
The island of Malta is a major CMA CGM transshipment hub, which will offer shippers on the new service connections with worldwide markets.
“The new service answers the area’s growing commercial exchanges — Turkey being a major partner for Mediterranean countries — and strengthens CMA-CGM’s presence in its traditional market,” the Marseille-based carrier said.
CMA CGM claimed the transit times from southern Europe to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea — seven days to Turkey from Valencia and nine days from Marseille — “are among the best in the market.”
The WEMED service also offers the only direct and weekly connection from Mersin, Istanbul, Beirut and Alexandria to Algiers.
The announcement of the new intra-Med route comes a day after CMA CGM revealed it is upgrading its service between Asia and West Africa with larger vessels and new port calls and boosting the MIDAS service between India, the Middle East and West Africa.