CMA CGM finds NEMO
CMA CGM and its subsidiaries Delmas and ANL Container Line are partnering with Germany's Deutsche Afrika Linien on a 26-port service connecting North Europe and the Mediterranean with the Middle East, Indian Ocean, Australasia, South East Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
The widely anticipated New Europe Mascarene Oceania (NEMO) service replaces the Indian Ocean East Africa Service of CMA CGM, Delmas and DAL. It will also compliment CMA CGM's two joint Europe/Australasia services with Hapag-Lloyd and Marfret via the Panama and Suez Canal's 'until further notice.'
The NEMO starts on Saturday with the scheduled departure of the vessel 'CMA CGM Copernic' from Hamburg. Initially the service will operate on a fortnightly basis before switching to a weekly frequency in May with 13 containerships of about 2,800 TEUs — nine from CMA CGM, three from Delmas, and one from DAL.
The port rotation will be Tilbury, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Fos, La Spezia, Damietta, Djibouti, Pointe des Galets, Port Louis, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Lyttelton, Melbourne, Adelaide, Jakarta, Port Kelang, Chennai, Colombo, Djibouti, Jeddah, Damietta, Malta, La Spezia, and finally back to Tilbury.
CMA CGM said NEMO would be the first to offer direct links from Australia and New Zealand to Chennai in India and from Chennai to Europe.
'This new dedicated service reinforces CMA CGM Group's position in key and highly competitive markets and confirms our expansion strategy to serve our customers in the Indian Ocean and Oceania areas,' said Jean-Fran'ois Guittet, CMA CGM's senior vice president, Africa Oceania and Indian Ocean lines.