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CMA CGM launches first container service between Hamburg and Black Sea

3/1/2014 8:06:03 AM

FRENCH container shipping giant CMA CGM is expanding its range of services from Hamburg, including its new FEMEX 1 loop to Black Sea ports for the first time.

The 2,800-TEU CMA CGM Lavender will be deployed from HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai in Hamburg to the Black Sea ports of Samsun (Turkey), Novorossiysk (Russia) and Constanta (Rumania).

The extension of the liner service was inaugurated in March 2013 with the increasing demand for seaborne transport between Northern Europe and the Black Sea region, said the CMA CGM statement.

The Port of Hamburg Marketing estimates that with 38 per cent growth in seaborne container traffic between Hamburg and ports in Turkey it will add another 75,000 TEU to its throughput.

Hamburg to Samsun takes 19 days, with 22 days needed for the return. Seven liner services currently operate between Hamburg and Turkey, including two multi-purpose/general cargo services.

A total of six vessels with slot capacities of around 2,800 TEU are being deployed on FEMEX 1. A newcomer here is the Camellia, a reinforcement expanding rotation to enable a weekly sailing frequency ex-Hamburg to be maintained.

The service links 19 ports: Hamburg, Antwerp, Southampton, Tangier, Marsaxlokk, Thessaloniki, Gebze, Istanbul-Ambarli (Avcilar), Istanbul-Haydarpasa, Samsun, Novorossisk, Constanta, Istanbul-Ambarli, Gebze, Gemlik, Aliaga, Marsaxlokk, Tangier and Casablanca and back to Hamburg. The round voyage lasts 42 days.


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