Friday January 6 2017 will mark the first time CMA CGM’s Caribbean Service calls at the DP World London Gateway Port. The service is set to run following improvements to the line’s North Europe to Central America service rotation.
The service, that is dedicated to reefer transport, provides one of the shortest transit times on the market with an extremely speedy transit between Central America and North Europe. It also enables the UK to connect with the whole of the Caribbean region through CMA CGM’s strategic hub in Kingston, Jamaica.
The new ECS rotation will be: Puerto Limon, Kingston, Rotterdam, DP World London Gateway, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Caucedo, Kingston, Santo Tomas de Castilla, Puerto Cortes and Puerto Limon.
Offered in cooperation with Hapag–Lloyd, the service will be run by five 2300 TEU capacity, state-of-the-art CMA CGM vessels and one Hapag–Lloyd vessel. Rob Waterman, CEO, CMA CGM UK, said: “We’re extremely pleased to be able to offer our customers an enhanced service offering between Central America and North Europe.
“These improvements will lead to shorter transit times and provide greater choice to shippers moving goods between Central America & the Caribbean to the UK.
“DP World London Gateway is exceptionally well equipped to handle reefer containers and we look forward to building on our good relationship with the Port to further enhance this service loop for our customers.”
James Leeson, Head of Port Commercial, DP World London Gateway, also commented on the news saying, “This is a great win, not just for DP World London Gateway, but for the UK, too.
“The start of the improved ECS weekly service will broaden the Port’s trade route offering and provide shippers with a highly competitive transit option between the UK and important Central America markets”.
“We look forward to receiving the first call by a vessel on the ECS service in the same week that the enhanced CMA CGM NEMO service begins calling at DP World London Gateway Port”.
Yesterday (December 21 2017), it was revealed that the construction of Phase 2 on the DP World London Gateway has officially commenced.