Maersk Line and CMA CGM said they will start a new joint service linking North Asia and Black Sea on May 20.
The two lines, which have been cooperating on a number of vessel-sharing agreements around the world since last summer, will deploy five 6,500-TEU ships apiece on the New Bosporus Express.
“After some difficult months of economic recession in the countries bordering the Black Sea, we are starting to see some signs of recovery in the exchanged flows to and from Asia,” said Christine Cabau, CMA CGM’s senior vice president for Asia, the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Black Sea and Adriatic Lines.
The first vessel to be deployed on the service will be the CMA CGM Baudelaire leaving Dalian on May 20.
The rotation will cover the following ports: Dalian, Tianjin, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Taipei, Chiwan, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Aqaba, Port Said, Damietta, Istanbul Evyap, Istanbul Ambarli, Constanza, Illichivsk, Odessa, Damietta, Port Said, Port Kelang, Tanjung Pelepas and back to Dalian.
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