CMA-CGM expands India-GCC shipping services
French based CMA-CGM, a member of the Ocean Alliance, has launched a new INDIAMED service between the Arabian Gulf and Mumbai.
The service, linking South Asia with ports in the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean, was officially introduced in July, operating with vessels provided by CMA-CGM, its APL subsidiary, and Chinese-based Alliance partner COSCO.
The weekly INDIAMED service provides the fastest transit times between India and CMA-CGM hub ports in the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf, and expands the transhipment network through the MEGEM (East Mediterranean to/from Middle East destinations) and MEDEX (West Mediterranean to/from Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent) services.
“We are excited to welcome this new service that expands India’s markets into key ports of the Mediterranean,” said APM Terminals Mumbai COO Ravi Gaitonde. “We stay committed to CMA CGM and all of India’s trade with our reliable, safe and productive terminal services.”
The service rotation includes calls at Khor Fakkan, in the UAE; Karachi in Pakistan; Nhava Sheva (Mumbai), and Mundra, in India; Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Damietta, Egypt; Piraeus, Greece; Malta; Aliaga and Mersin, in Turkey and Port Said West, Egypt.
CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest shipping line by capacity (for now), carried a total of 15.6 million TEU in 2016, boosted by the acquisition of Singapore’s Neptune Orient Line (NOL), which includes the APL brand.
Nhava Sheva is the busiest container port in northwest India, and handled a record 4.5 million TEU in 2016, with APM Terminals Mumbai accounting for 1.8 million TEU, or 40% of the port’s total container volume.
APM Terminals Mumbai, is part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, and is a joint venture between APM Terminals and the state-owned Container Corporation of India.
Operating from Nhava Sheva’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), APM Terminals Mumbai is India’s largest container terminal handling facility in terms of container throughput (TEUs) and represents 18% of India's containerised cargo.