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OCEAN Alliance to upsize Transatlantic lane again

The OCEAN Alliance is upsizing its transatlantic service again by replacing four 8,500-10,000 TEU ships with four 11,000 to 14,000 TEU vessels.

COSCO Shipping Lines, CMA CGM and Evergreen Marine Corporation form the alliance.

On 9 December, the 14,000 TEU Tampa Triumph will become the largest vessel ever deployed in the North Europe – US East Coast trade when it replaces the 9,466 TEU Ever Lucky.

CMA CGM, meanwhile, will redeploy the 11,388 TEU sisters CMA CGM Columba and CMA CGM Cassiopeia to the loop to replace the 9,962 TEU CMA CGM Ganges and the 8,465 TEU CMA CGM Bianca.

These will join the 13,092 TEU sisters COSCO Harmony and COSCO Pride.

Even as freight rates on the Asia-North Europe and Transpacific routes are tanking, the Transatlantic market has held up, convincing the OCEAN Alliance to increase capacity into the Atlantic Basin.

On 23 December, COSCO will deploy the 13,092 TEU COSCO Faith on the TAT2 service, where it will join its aforementioned sisters. The ship will trade for COSCO’s sister carrier OOCL and replace the 8,501 TEU COSCO Malaysia.

At the end of the year, the nominal capacity of the TAT2 service will have increased to 12,675 TEU per week, compared to 8,500 TEU in September.

The upgraded service currently turns in six weeks with calls at Southampton, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Le Havre, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston, Southampton.

Forward schedules suggest that the OCEAN Alliance will increase the round trip to eight weeks from January. This will help enable the longer port stays of the bigger ships, while it will further reduce sailing speeds.

Source: Container News


CMA CGM’s Containerships launches new intra-Europe line

Containerships, a subsidiary of the French container carrier CMA CGM, will connect the lower Baltic ports of Klaipeda in Lithuania and Gdynia in Poland with the port of Gävle in Sweden and will offer new connections to the German ports of Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven with a new service that commenced on 3 November.

The new product will consist of 40′ and 45′ wide container solutions from Klaipeda to the port of Gävle and from the port of Gävle to Gdynia without transshipment. From and to Gävle the company will offer last mile service by truck or rail and truck to any location in Sweden.

Additionally, the new route is offering new connections to the German ports of Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven as well as the Finnish port of Rauma.

Source: Container News


CMA CGM secures its move to larger terminal in Yokohama port

On 26 October, CMA CGM Group and Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP) signed a reservation agreement for the Honmokufuto D5 container terminal at the Port of Yokohama in Japan.

This primes the relocation of CMA CGM’s current container terminal operations at D4 to D5 by October 2026, according to a statement.

This agreement promises more capacity at the container terminal and a more than doubling of reefer plugs. The D5 terminal will have a cargo pier with a linear length of 400 metres of quay and a draught of 16 metres.

This is expected to give CMA CGM greater flexibility in receiving cargo arriving in larger vessels up to 15,000 TEU capacity.

The D5 terminal will be designed to provide 20% more capacity in the container yard and approximately 120% more container reefer plugs than today.

Furthermore, it is envisaged that the D5 container terminal will be operated with three dock cranes capable of handling ships with up to 20 rows of containers and up to nine containers high on deck, as well as 11 near-zero emission rubber tyred gantry cranes.

At the same time, LNG tankage facilities will also be developed at the port. In this way, there will potentially be LNG tankage on the French carrier’s LNG-powered ships ready for e-methane, a carbon-neutral fuel source.

Hideki Uchida, president of CMA CGM Japan, commented, “As we prime for our larger vessels to ship more inbound cargoes to Yokohama, particularly fresh fruits from Central and Southern America, the enhanced operational capabilities, container yard capacity and reefer plugs at the D5 terminal is set to take our service delivery a notch up.”

Source: Container News


CMA CGM launches new early container return incentive programme

CMA CGM Group has announced the start of a new early container return incentive programme, under the name “TEUs to Trees”, aiming to increase climate change mitigation in the United States while assisting in both the fluidity and velocity of the supply chain.

The programme took effect on 1 October 2022 and will last until 30 December 2022.

CMA CGM said this new incentive programme is an opportunity to reward customers for doing their part to increase equipment availability while also helping them offset their environmental footprint.

The French carrier noted that the carbon credits it will purchase on behalf of its customers will be used to expand US forestry, support urban resilience projects in vulnerable communities and drive the creation of additional offset projects in the United States.

CMA CGM has also expanded this new early container return incentive to cover both refrigerated and dry containers as well as every US ocean terminal where the company receives empty boxes.

“This enables shippers of all sizes and locations to offset carbon emissions and positively contribute to socio-environmental projects in the United States,” said the company in an announcement.

Credits will be provided to customers that return both dry and refrigerated containers originating from nearly 20 Asian countries to CMA CGM-approved return locations in port cities throughout the United States (rail ramps not included).

The Marseille-headquartered shipping firm pointed out that TEUs to Trees is its third programme to encourage early pickup and return of containers.

CMA CGM said that throughout the new project, each applicable importer of record (consignee listed on the Bill of Lading) will receive 2.5 tons of carbon credits per container returned during calendar days 1–4 and a progress report every 30 days.

To calculate the credit, CMA CGM will utilise Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transaction data and will not require invoices or additional documentation from customers. At the end of the programme, customers will be issued an official carbon offset certificate for the total credits earned.

“Encouraging customers to return boxes sooner provides additional containers and chassis for export bookings, and the type of incentive we are offering will result in the formation of new socio-environmental projects right here in the United States. It is our hope that through this programme, others in the industry will be inspired to leverage their capabilities to positively impact the environment and our local communities,” commented the president of CMA CGM America and American President Lines, Ed Aldridge.

Source: Container News


CMA CGM boosts digital rail services in North India

CMA CGM is actively advancing its tech-enabled services for Indian hinterland customers as they constantly seek supply chain improvements.

The Marseille-based liner has added a string of four busy northern inland container depots (ICDs) to its ‘digital forwarding system’ that it had piloted at two northern India locations in April.

“Effective 3 October 2022, CMA CGM will be introducing the implementation of the digital forwarding note or Form-11 via the ODex platform in the ICDs of Ludhiana, Jodhpur, Kanpur and Jaipur,” CMA CGM Agencies India said in a trade advisory.

The company added, “For two weeks, manual forwarding note will also be issued parallelly so that users can familiarize themselves with the new process. Thereafter, respective ICD CMA appointed surveyor will accept only the digital forwarding note.”

ODex is a provider of export/import shipping documentation services. CMA CGM customers using the ICDs at Tughlakhabad (TKD) and at Dadri have already onboarded this digital platform. However, reefer shipments continue to be handled under the manual processing method, the company said.

The French carrier believes paperless transactions would significantly speed up the flow of railed cargo, as there is a growing, co-ordinated stakeholder push towards reducing high dependency on the traditional trucking mode.

Additionally, all major carriers serving Indian trades have been fielding more block train offerings as part of their broader integrator strategies and multi-modal contract arrangements.

In addition, CMA CGM (India) recently began using the tech platform MatchBox Exchange to provide empty container reuse/exchange solutions for its customers. Here, it is noted that stakeholders have an opportunity to optimise landside logistics and save on their costs with the elimination of needless container trips to empty storage yards.

CMA CGM is a leading operator of containerised ocean services to/from India, covering some 50 inland locations and offering more than a dozen weekly mainline services out of seven gateway and seven feeder ports.

Aiming to standardise data exchange processes and bring greater visibility across the supply chain, Indian logistics policymakers are also strongly encouraging transport stakeholders to move away from tedious, paper-based documentation towards digital solutions that drives value for trade.

New Delhi’s recently released new “national logistics policy (NLP)” reiterates that intent, as it called for standardisation of documentation processes and adoption of single-window systems under a “unified logistics interface platform (ULIP).”

“The focal push for digitisation through platforms like ULIP and E-LogS is crucial to support the designed ‘services improvement framework’ in improving regulatory inter-operability, standardisation of logistic processes and in bringing the entire multimodal network onto a single digital dashboard, enhancing visibility and transparency for all stakeholders,” said DP World Indian Subcontinent CEO, Rizwan Soomar.

“The suggested Services Improvement Group will significantly bolster coordination across governance frameworks to energise the logistics chains to contribute geometrically in the PM GATI Shakti National Master Plan, improving efficiency and reducing logistics costs,” he added.

Shashi Kiran Shetty, founder and chairman of Mumbai-based Allcargo Group, noted, “The launch of NLP is a visionary move by the government which will bring transparency through digital integration in addition to boosting speed and efficiency.”

Shetty went on to say, “It will enable fast-paced logistics infrastructure development, better coordination among multiple stakeholders, simplify processes and documentation and boost last-mile connectivity.”

Source: Container News


CMA CGM to implement new US$400 PSS for reefer boxes from Europe

French ocean carrier CMA CGM has announced a new peak season surcharge (PSS) for reefer cargo, effective from 23 October until further notice.

The Marseille-headquartered container line will apply the new surcharge from North Europe (except France), Scandinavia, Poland, Baltic, United Kingdom, West Mediterranean, Adriatic, Morocco, West Africa, East Mediterranean and Black Sea to Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon & Congo (countries served on Euraf 5 service).

CMA CGM said that PSS will be US$400 per reefer container.

Source: Container News


CMA CGM orders seven new biogas-powered vessels to serve French West Indies

French ocean carrier CMA CGM has confirmed the order of seven new container vessels, powered by biogas, aiming to upgrade its services to the French West Indies.

Four of the new boxships will have 7,300 TEU capacity and the other three vessels will have 7,900 TEU capacity, while all the ships will have 1,385 reefer plugs.

The newbuildings will be delivered gradually as of 2024 and are expected to serve Guadeloupe and Martinique, replacing smaller ships dedicated to routes between the French West Indies, France and Europe.

Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and chief executive officer of the CMA CGM Group, made the announcement about the rollout of the seven new container ships during a trip to Martinique and Guadeloupe.

In order to cope with these larger capacity vessels, the CMA CGM Group said it will help to modernise and increase the capacity of the biggest shipping ports in Guadeloupe and Martinique, as well as making wharfs larger.

The Marseille-based box line noted it operates dedicated shipping lines to Guadeloupe and Martinique and is involved in structural actions to help boost the local economy.

Source: Container News


CMA CGM starts new MEDGULF service to connect West Med with US Gulf and Mexico

CMA CGM has announced the launch of its new MEDGULF service, aiming to offer full coverage from West Mediterranean to US Gulf and Mexico.

The service will commence at the end of September and will be operated by six container vessels.

The port rotation of MEDGULF service will be Tanger (Morocco), Genoa (Italy), Valencia (Spain), Miami (US), Veracruz (Mexico), Altamira (Mexico), Houston (US), Tanger

The first departure will be on 29 September from the port of Genoa.

The French carrier said the new service will offer competitive transit times from Turkey, Adriatic, Black Sea & North Africa via Valencia and improved transit times from Indian Subcontinent via Tanger (29 days to Miami).

“This improvement of CMA CGM’s offering with this exclusive service between West Med, US Gulf & Mexico reinforces the Group’s global coverage in order to meet customers’ expectations and needs,” commented the Marseille-based box line in a statement.

Source: Container News


CMA CGM to levy surcharges for overweight India-US shipments

French container line CMA CGM has implemented a hefty surcharge on overweight containerised shipments moving from India to the US and Canada.

20-foot standard containers weighing over 20 MT, including the weight of the box, now attract a penalty of US$1,000 per TEU until further notice, the carrier noted in a new customer advisory.

“This is in addition to any existing surcharge/rules applicable with inland point movement,” CMA CGM (India) said. “The charges are in addition to any existing tariff rate restoration initiatives.”

According to market sources, other liners active in the India-US trade are also penalising customers for overweight shipments.

The move comes as freight rates on the same trade lane are set to climb up again with fresh general rate increase (GRI) and peak season surcharge announcements, mostly slated to take effect in early August, after somewhat steady pricing trends over the past couple of months.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) and Hapag-Lloyd have already issued GRI notices for next month.

However, it remains to be seen if carriers will be able to hold firm on their planned rate hike initiatives amid demand slowdown signs.

Meanwhile, in an apparent move to mitigate the impact of ongoing schedule disruptions that have become more pronounced on India-Europe connections, MSC earlier this week deployed an extra-loader vessel out of Nhava Sheva (JNPT) and Mundra, with onward stops at Colombo, Singapore, Port Klang and Laem Chabang.

The lingering crisis plaguing Sri Lanka seems to have tightened equipment availability for southern Indian ports because of excessive container turnaround delays.

“While Sri Lanka takes its time to recover from the economic crisis, the Indian ports continue to see its impact,” equipment market analyst Container xChange noted in its recent report. “There has been a 25% shortage of containers at the Chennai Port, which has made it face a rise in shipping costs. With the trade routes between Asia and the US as well as Asia and Europe opening, the shipping industry in the country is struggling to keep up with the gap between container demand and supply.”

The analyst added, “The Container Availability Index also observed the slowed down container movement in Colombo. In the last few weeks, the CAx score for 20DC containers at Colombo has been over 0.5 with week 26 standing at 0.57. This again is a reconfirmation of the fact that the number of containers leaving the port is less as compared to those entering.”

Source: Container News


CMA CGM keeps air cargo results to itself, but spends big on aircraft

CMA CGM has spent some $753.3m in prepayments on its aircraft orderbook, up from $723.2m at the end of 2021, following its recent order for two 777 freighters, set to deliver in 2024. Meanwhile, the first of its previous order for two 777Fs joined the fleet on 31 May, with the second “in the process of being delivered”.

However, there was little other new information on air cargo in CMA CGM’s 39-page financial results for Q1. In what will surely change, CMA CGM does not currently separate out its air cargo results, instead lumping them in with ‘Other activities’ which “mainly” include port terminals and air cargo.

Nevertheless, ‘Other Activities’ saw revenue grow to $384m, up from $166.6m a year earlier in the first quarter. Ebitda grew 120% to $84.2m, while ebit jumped an impressive 702% to $35.3m, presumably accounting for the growth in air cargo.

Aside from those details, the group reiterated its recently announced plans on aircraft orders (four A350Fs joining between 2025 and 2026, giving it three aircraft types in its 12-strong future fleet); and agreement with Air France-KLM, which will see CMA Group head Rodolphe Saadé join the airline group’s board. CMA is investing some €400m in AF-KLM’s ex-post share capital, giving it 9% of the airline.

Details on the acquisition of Gefco were also similarly scant, although CMA said the purchase would “strengthen its development within Ceva Logistics”. While the European Commission has authorised CMA to acquire Gefco’s capital immediately, to save the company from sanctions being applied under its former owner Russian Railways, the deal still needs to be approved by competition authorities, and only then can Gefco be integrated.

CMA noted that Ceva meanwhile, has recently acquired Imgram Micro’s ecommerce-related business, including Shipwire, a logistics technology platform, for $2.9bn. It also acquired Colis Privé, a last-mile B2C parcel delivery company in France and Europe, revealing the group’s end-to-end strategy.

There was little further detail beyond limited results information, which showed that CMA’s Logistics segment, primarily Ceva’s operations, saw revenue increase 57% to $2.15bn, while ebitda rose 45% to $171.7m, and ebit jumped 162% to $39.4m.

Meanwhile, the whole CMA CGM group’s revenues for the quarter came in at $18.2bn, resulting in ebit of $7.6bn and a profit of $7.2bn.

Source: The LoadStar