CMA CGM braves the Black Sea

  • CMA CGM extends FEMEX line rotation

CMA CGM have announced an extension of its FEMEX service that travels through the Black Sea, adding three new ports and cutting transport time.

The first vessel operating on the new string will depart from Hamburg on February 20th.

CMA CGM will become the only shipping line to offer direct coverage into the Black Sea region via Northern Europe.

The FEMEX service will now call at the Port of Samsun in Turkey, and the ports of Novorossiysk, Russia, and Constanta, Romania.

Via the central hub ports of Malta and Tangiers, the new service will now link CMA CGM worldwide services with Black Sea ports.

Furthermore, import transit time for the Port of Thessaloniki is expected to be improved by five days as it forms the first port of call in the southbound rotation beyond Malta.

Speaking of the new route, Nicolas Sartini, vice-president of CMA CGM Asia-Europe lines said: “CMA CGM is once again taking the lead in innovative maritime services: this extended FEMEX into Black Sea will be the first service directly linking North Europe and the expanding ports in Black Sea.”

“In addition to providing a direct link between North Europe and Black Sea, shippers will benefit with several opportunities to connect with CMA CGM global network via the two hubs of Malta and Tangiers.”

The New rotation is as follows:

Hamburg – Antwerp – Southampton – Tangiers – Malta –Thessaloniki – Gebze – Ambarli – Haydarpasa – Samsun – Novorossiysk – Constanta – Ambarli – Gebze – Gemlik – Aliaga – Malta – Tangiers – Casablanca

CMA CGM is the third largest container shipping company in the world and operates a fleet of 428 vessels, calling at more than 400 ports around the world.

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