CMA and APL join in service
FRANCE's Compagnie Maritime d'Affretement (CMA) and US carrier American President Lines (APL) have expanded co-operation by developing services to cover Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka.
The CMA/APL feeder service for the Middle East Gulf region, covered via the port of Fujairah hub, has been operating successfully since June last year.
Vessels Eagle Star and Eagle Nova each with a capacity of 580 TEU, and Ville de Mascate with a 580 TEU capacity now offer a weekly service frequency between Fujairah, Porbandar, Bombay and Colombo, connecting with each individual operator's eastbound andwestbound container services from North Europe, the Mediterranean, North America, Southeast Asia and the Far East.
Export cargoes from Porbandar and Bombay to the Middle East Gulf, Southeast Asia and Far East destinations also are now routed on this service via Fujairah.
The 900 TEU container ships Eagle Commitment and Shenton now operate a twice-weekly shuttle service between Fujairah and Karachi.
It connects at Fujairah with CMA's liner service from the Mediterranean and North Europe for exports to Pakistan.
Exports from Pakistan to Southeast Asia and the Far East also are shipped on these vessels, via the Fujairah 'hub', with exports to Europe being routed on APL's 'WAX' service from Karachi to Colombo, where they connect with CMA's westbound sailings.
By rationalising the well-established Indian Ocean services previously offered individually by CMA and APL, the new services ensure that an improved service reliability is maintained, based on a scheduled, weekly or twice-weekly frequency of sailings to and from the important Indian sub-continent markets.