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CMA CGM alters services in wake of falling Asia-Europe rates

CMA CGM alters services in wake of falling Asia-Europe rates
CMA CGM and its Ocean Three partners are merging its FAL 2 and 3 services into a new service following declining Asia-Europe demand.

Leaving from Shanghai on 13 October, the new FAL 23 service will call at Ningbo and Yantian, adding a new call at Cai Mep, continuing to Port Kelang, Le Havre, Rotterdam, Antwerp, and Hamburg, add a new call at Felixstowe, continue via Rotterdam, Le Havre, Jeddah, Port Kelang, and add an import call at Chiwan before returning to Shanghai. The service will deploy twelve vessels between 12,000 and 15,000 teu.

Meanwhile on CMA CGM’s FAL1 service, which employs its 18,000 teu flagship vessels Kerguelen, Georg Forster, Vasco de Gama and Bougainville, the group is adding a new call at Qingdao and reducing transit times from Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian and Port Kelang to Algeciras, Southampton, Dunkirk and Hamburg by three days.

New FAL1 rotation will leave from Tianjin and call at Dalian, Pusan, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Port Kelang, Algeciras, Southampton, Dunkirk, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge and Le Havre before returning via Malta, Khor Fakkan and Yantian to Tianjin.

Further, starting October 13th, CMA CGM will add Xiamen on its FAL8 service, leaving from Qingdao and calling at Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian, Port Kelang, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Hamburg, and Zeebruge before returning via Rotterdam, Port Kelang and Yantian to Qingdao.

“For the 4th quarter, CMA CGM adjusts its capacity to demand and improves its services significantly to answer clients’ needs,” said Nicolas Sartini, group senior vp of Asia – Europe trades. “Covering Vietnam directly proves the increasing importance of this new developing market”.