CMA CGM will add a call at Greece’s Port of Piraeus this month to its Epic service from North Europe to the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.
The Marseilles-based carrier said Friday the new call is aimed at the growing demand by Turkish shippers for connections to markets in the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.
The Piraeus call will enable the Epic service to pick up cargo transshipped from feeder ships loaded at the Turkish ports of Hayderpasa Gebze Avcilar and Gemlik.
Turkish containers transshipped at Piraeus will reach Jebel Ali in a transit time of between17 and 19 days.
The new rotation of the Epic Service is: Southampton, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Piraeus, Khor Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Port Qasim, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jeddah, Malta, Tangiers and back to Southampton.
The first vessel to start the rotation from North Europe is the CMA CGM Rossini, which is scheduled to call Piraeus on May 31.