Ocean Alliance starts Hamad Port services with CMA CGM
The Ocean Alliance shipping partnership has launched its first direct service to Hamad Port in Qatar, with the container ship CMA CGM Uruguay docking this week.
This is part of the Ministry of Transport and Communications’ ambitious strategy aiming to promote Hamad Port regionally and internationally.
CMA CGM Uruguay is the second largest ship to reach Hamad port since the start of operations, with a length of about 300 meters and a total capacity of 10.5 thousand TEUs.
The 14,000 TEUs containership MSC Esthi was the first vessel of such size to visit Hamad Port which sailed into the port on December 1, 2016 marking the official opening of the Port.
The Ocean Alliance is the world's largest container shipping alliance with a 350 container vessel fleet and a total carrying capacity of 3.5 million TEU.
The new service will support Qatar's foreign trade, increase volume of container handling and reduce the time the goods take from ports served by the Ocean Alliance, the port said in a statement.
It will boost Hamad Port’s transshipment capabilities and help to reach the goals set to transform Qatar into a regional trading hub, which will have a positive impact on maximizing the country's revenues from the non-oil sector and contributing to the achievement of Qatar National Vision 2030.
The Alliance offers 40 services on the East-West trades with around 100 ports of call and almost 500 port pairs.
Customers will benefit from a competitive selection of sailing schedules and direct port pairs, fast transit times, and a highly efficient fleet of vessels to cater to the needs of today’s demanding and increasingly green global supply chains.
"We are pleased to announce the launch of the new direct service of Ocean Alliance, the world's largest container shipping alliance, which will undoubtedly serve the national economy and contribute to achieve the goals set by our wise leadership to promote Hamad Port and transform Qatar into a regional trading hub," said Captain Abdulla Al Khanji CEO of port operator Mwani Qatar.
The new line which comes in less than 3 months of the start of the first direct service between Hamad Port and Shanghai in china under MSC’s New Falcon Service will provide best transit times and reduce the time necessary for goods from 30 to 14 days, he added.
About 19 containerships of the same size as CMA CGM Uruguay from the Ocean Alliance are expected to arrive at Hamad Port in the next few months.
The Ocean Alliance is made up of the recently formed China Cosco Shipping, with Evergreen Line, CMA CGM, OOCL and APL in a vessel- and slot-sharing agreement.
Within the Ocean Alliance, CMA CGM group is the largest player, bringing with it 119 ships that account for 35 percent of the total slot capacity.