Further to earlier reports that CMA CGM’s Port Vendres – Morocco service was to be suspended at the end of May, it has to be noted that the Marseilles-based carrier will actually not cancel the France – Spain – Morocco service alltogether but actually simply shorten the rotation with the removal of Port Vendres and Agadir calls.
The full ‘citrus’ rotation employed 2 vessels. The shortened rotation is now ensured in a week, with the 862 teu BF ESPERANZA.
The end of the North African citrus export season has prompted CMA CGM to make a number of changes to its Morocco services:
At the end of April, the French carrier halted its ‘DUNKRUS’ service. The loop so far linked Casablanca and Agadir with the French port of Dunkirk and the Belgian main port of Antwerp and it deployed the 1,118 teu twins STADT BREMERHAVEN and EL TORO. The loop’s final sailing departed from Agadir on 30 April. Back in February, CMA CGM had announced the merger of the Dunkrus service with the carrier’s other North Europe Morocco service ‘Agadir Express’. Despite the initial announcement, the two services however continued to run in parallel. With the citrus export season now over, the North Europe – Morocco scaling-down is now taking place for good.
The Port Vendres service, between Casablanca, Agadir and the Spanish and French ports of Port Vendres, Barcelona and Marseilles, is suspended as well. The 862 teu BF ESPERANZA made its final sailing on the loop from Agadir on 2 May.
Meanwhile, a new CMA CGM intra-Morocco service between the line’s Gibraltar Straits hub Tanger Med and Casablanca as well as Agadir will start on 11 May. The new service will maintain connections between Casablanca and Agadir and the rest of the carrier’s mainline network via transhipment at Tanger Med.
2013, Week 17 – from April 21 to April 27
- Maersk adds Busan to Chennai Express
- Seago suspends Israel-Russia Citrus service
- CMA CGM opens Morocco cabotage service
- CMA CGM modifies Angola shuttle
- Maersk streamlines Med-Middle East offer
- NYK adds two North Asia-Indonesia services
- Maersk extends Mexico service to Russia and Finland
- Coscon to boost Transpacific service
- Teamlines make changes to Scandinavian feeders