The four members of the Ocean Alliance– the largest shipping alliance in the maritime industry– has announced its global network plans.
CMA CGM, Cosco Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) will operate together 40 services on the East-West trades supported by a fleet of over 350 vessels with about 3.5 million TEUs in total capacity.
CMA CGM will have the largest share in the alliance with 119 vessels and 35% of the capacity share. “By offering more ports and more direct calls, as well as better transit times, we will provide our customers with unmatched quality services…This new offering is a cornerstone of our strategy as it reinforces our competitiveness and strengthens our position as a key player in the shipping industry” said Rodolphe Saadé, Vice-Chairman of the CMA CGM Group.
The following trades will be served to the Ocean Alliance customers according to the statement:
- On the Transpacific trade: 20 loops, 145 weekly calls and 52 ports
CMA CGM Group will be the number one with its two strong brands CMA CGM and APL. It will offer the most comprehensive market coverage and geographic consistency by loop for optimized transit times to main markets.
- On the Asia – Northern Europe trade: 6 loops, 79 weekly calls and 31 ports
Customers will benefit from the better frequency and improved coverage. The global agency network offers tailored solutions in Northern and Central Europe.
- On the Transatlantic trade: 3 loops, 34 weekly calls and 21 ports
There will be a comprehensive coverage of Northern Europe with direct services from all West Mediterranean countries, a wide Mexican intermodal solution and a connection to the East Mediterranean, Adriatic, Black Sea and North Africa through the Malta hub.
- On the Asia – Mediterranean trade: 4 loops, 67 weekly calls and 33 ports
Customers will benefit from seamless connections to all Mediterranean outports through an extensive feedering network allowing connections with 4 loops in the CMA CGM dedicated hub in Singapore and best the coverage to North Africa with 13 feeders and 15 weekly calls.
- On the Asia – Red Sea trade: 2 loops, 21 weekly calls and 12 ports
There will be a full coverage of CMA CGM agencies offering excellent customer service at the origin (China, North Asia, Southeast Asia) as well as at the destination (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, Sudan, Jeddah, Egypt & Jordan), connecting Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Gulf, and the US via the Jeddah hub.
- On the Asia – Middle East trade: 5 loops, 55 weekly calls and 25 ports
There will be full trade coverage and the best transit times on the market with direct calls in Korea, China, Taiwan and more ports in South East Asia. There will be direct calls in the Middle East Gulf serving 8 countries and giving access to an extensive feedering network ensuring smooth connections.
The Ocean Alliance will commence operations as of April 2017, after getting regulatory approvals from authorities.
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