Effective late July, CMA CGM is to add Marghera, an industrial port near Venice, to its Phoenician Express service between the Adriatic Sea and the Far East.
The service is one of the four Mediterranean/Black Sea – Far East services that the French CMA CGM runs in partnership with Maersk Line. The Danish carrier, which markets this loop as its ‘AE12’, has so far not given any indication of its participation in the Venice-Marghera call. For the time being, the port will only be called by the CMA CGM vessels.
Since the French do provide five of the service’s ten ships and since the CMA CGM vessels alternate sailings with Maersk-operated tonnage, Marghera will be served fortnighly only for the time being.
The revised rotation reads as follows: Marghera (CMA CGM only), Rijeka, Trieste, Port Said (East), Suez Canal (way point), Jeddah, Port Kelang, Singapore, Shanghai, Busan, Chiwan, Hong Kong, Tanjung Pelepas, Suez Canal (way point), Port Said (East), Beirut, Trieste, Koper, Marghera.
The loop continues to turn in ten weeks and to deploy a fleet of ten vessels in the size range from 6,500 to 7,400 teu.