CMA CGM & ANL Malaysia Sdn Bhd, the
top main-line operator at Westports Malaysia, sees cargo volumes
picking up in the second half of the year.
“Actually some of our volumes are
picking up and hope to see some signs of recovery as soon as this
month, so it’s coming,” said managing director Simon Whitelaw in a
According to Whitelaw, although the
French liner experienced a small drop in the first quarter of this
year, it saw an increase in local boxes compared with the
corresponding period last year.
He sees a slight recovery in April,
May and June and a further pick-up in volumes in the second half of
While making improvements in its
services from Asia to the Mediterranean (westbound), parent company
CMA CGM, the world’s third largest container shipping company, will
also introduce two new services, one of which is to Mozambique,
Africa, starting from the middle of this month.
“We are looking at new services,
especially to Africa which is doing very well.
“Additionally CMA CGM will offer
upgraded service coverage to Western and Central Mediterranean from
“Starting from the middle of this
month, CMA CGM will enter into a new vessel sharing agreement with
Maersk, providing a vessel of 8,500 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs)
“The new service will allow wider
port coverage,” Whitelaw said.
Rotation of the new service will be
as follows: Lian Yun Gang, Qingdao, Shanghai, Fuzhou, Hong Kong,
Chiwan, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Jeddah, Port Said, Gioia Tauro,
Genoa, Fos, Gioia Tauro, Damietta, Port Said, Salalah, Port Klang,
Singapore, Lian Yun Gang.
The service will be operated with
nine vessels of about 8,500 TEUs.
Whitelaw also pointed out that CMA
CGM would revamp its PHEX/LEVEX service from Asia to the Adriatic.
The new service will focus on the
Adriatic region with faster transit times to Trieste, Koper and
Rotation will be as follows:
Shanghai, Busan, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang,
Port Said, Damietta, Trieste, Koper, Rijeka (by feeder), Damietta,
Port Said, Jeddah, Port Klang, Singapore, Shanghai.
This joint service will be operated
with eight vessels of 6,500 TEUs.
“A new US East Coast, West Coast
pendulum service commences in May, while a revised Black Sea service
(BEX) also commences in May with direct calls at Westports and
“So, despite the current economic
situation, CMA CGM is planning and committed to the recovery
expected in 2010,” Whitelaw said.