French container shipping giant CMA CGM Group and specialised reefer transporter SEATRADE Group have joined forces on the creation of a new vessel sharing agreement.
The deal would incorporate the services known by CMA CGM as PAD and by Seatrade as MERIDIAN, which will link Northern Europe, the East Coast of the United States, Central America, the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and the Caribbean on a weekly basis.
This new service brings together CMA CGM, SEATRADE and MARFRET and improves their frequency and port coverage.
The weekly service will have the following rotation: Zeebrugge, London Gateway, Rotterdam, Dunkerque, Le Havre; New York, Savannah; Kingston, Cartagena; Papeete, Noumea; Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne; Nelson, Napier, Tauranga; Pisco, Paita; Kingston, Philadelphia and Zeebrugge.
CMA CGM said that the new line will be the only one in the market to offer such coverage on a weekly basis.
It will provide a direct and weekly service to Papeete and Noumea from Northern Europe and the East Coast of the United States, and the only fast, direct, dedicated reefer service from New Zealand to the United States and Europe.
The company added that the service, which is set to improve the supply of transport between Australia and the United States, will feature 13 ships with a nominal capacity between 2200 and 2500 TEUs.
The launch of the service is scheduled in October 2017, subject to validation by the competent authorities.