CMA CGM, Maersk
TWO container shipping giants, CMA
CGM and Maersk, will join services linking Asia and the US east and
west coasts in May.
Leading France-based CMA CGM has
387 ships on more than 150 routes. It has 79 new vessels on order
for delivery between 2008 and 2011.
Maersk, a division of the A.P.
Moller - Maersk Group, has more than 470 container vessels with a
capacity of over 1,800,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units).
The two companies will launch two
joint shipping strings, namely the Colombus route and the Hudson
The Colombus loop is a pendulum
service with rotation of port in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Yantian,
Singapore, Suez, New York, Norfolk, Tangier, Suez, Singapore, Hong
Kong, Yantian, Shanghai, Pusan, Seattle, Vancouver, Yokohama and
The Hudson loop port rotation
includes Ningbo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Pusan, Balboa, Panama, Savannah,
New York, Miami, Panama, Balboa and Ningbo.
The new services are expected to
improve the companiesí services via extensive port coverage.
These two strings will be operated
with ships of 6,500 TEUs capacity via Suez and 5,100 TEUs via
According to a statement by CMA CGM
group vice-president North America Lines, Jean Philippe Thenoz, this
rationalisation of services would replace its existing capacity,
allowing the company to strengthen port coverage.