CMA CGM to link Brazil, Middle East, India and South Africa
CMA CGM will in mid-February start a weekly service linking ports in Brazil to the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea, India and South Africa.
The Vasco Express will use eight 1,700-TEU ships each with 350 reefer plugs and will call Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Paranagua, Itajai, Rio-Grande, Salalah, Khor Fakkan, Nhava Sheva, Port Louis, Durban and back to Rio de Janeiro.
The transit time between Rio Grande and Khor Fakkan in the United Arab Emirates will be 20 days. The service will also use the Oman port of Salalah to serve the Red Sea market via CMA CGM's dedicated feeders.
'This new service will enable CMA CGM to meet the growing market demand for refrigerated containers, between South America and the Middle East,' the French carrier said.
The vessel 'CMA CGM Rio Grande' will be the first ship on the service when it departs Brazil Feb. 13.