French liner CMA CGM has extended its long-term partnership with port operator DP World Australia with regard to the servicing of CMA CGM containerships at terminals in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle.
DP World Australia’s CEO and Managing Director, Paul Scurrah, said the partnership extension provides both organizations with a strong platform for future growth in the Australian market.
“The new deal deepens an already very strong partnership, and as one of our key customers we look forward to establishing and growing our relationship with CMA CGM Group. The partnership gives both parties numerous opportunities to invest and further expand their services beyond our respective existing operations and locations,” he said.
According to Incoming Managing Director of ANL, Xavier Eiglier, the contract extension is strategically important for the CMA CGM Group and ANL, its major operator in Australia, as it ensures the companies will have access to quality stevedoring operations around Australia.
“Shipping is a very competitive environment, our customers count on us for timely shipment and arrival of their goods, so we, in turn, rely heavily on the performance of our chosen stevedores,” he added.
The deal comes weeks after DP World Australia’s Melbourne terminal, located at West Swanson Dock, welcomed two new ZPMC quay cranes on March 27, 2018.
Weighing 1,200 tonnes each, the cranes can lift 75 tonne – the equivalent weight of a Boeing 737. The new ZPMC cranes can service large vessels carrying up to 10,000 containers.
DP World Australia has recently invested AUD 180 million in port equipment nationally, AUD 70 million of which has been invested in the Melbourne Terminal.