CMA CGM today announced that will add a ninth weekly Far East – Europe loop to its portfolio by means of slotting on the joint service offered by Evergreen (‘CEM’) and Hanjin (‘ANN’ formerly branded ‘CUS’). The CMA CGM’s slot allocation coincides with a slight restructuring of the loop.
Calls at Colombo are to be added both ways, alongside Tanjung Pelepas and Qingdao. In Europe, the ports of Zeebrugge and Algeciras will be included, resulting in the following rotation:
Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Hamburg, Zeebrugge, Algeciras, Suez Canal (waypoint), Colombo, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Colombo, Suez Canal (waypoint), Rotterdam.
The loop is almost an Evergreen standalone service, with Hanjin providing only one out of nine ships. The loop turns in 11 weeks, with two skipped sailings per cycle. It employs a fleet of 9,200 teu ships, but because of the skipped sailings, its average weekly capacity only stands at 7,300 teu.
CMA CGM will join K-Line, Yang Ming and Coscon, which already have a slot allocation on the ‘CEM’ / ‘ANN’.