CMA CGM will add a direct call at the Port of Dunkirk, France, to its Epic service connecting North Europe, the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East, effective in early June.
The French ocean carrier operates the fixed-day weekly service in conjunction with Orient Overseas Container Line.
The Epic deploys eight vessels of 5,700 20-foot equivalent units capacity, with CMA CGM providing seven ships and OOCL, one.
The new port rotation will be Port Qasim (Karachi), Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru), Mundra, Jeddah, Malta, Tangier, Southampton, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, Dunkirk, Le Havre, Port Said (East), Khor Fakkan, Jebel Ali and back to Port Qasim.
"This new call will provide our customers three days faster than today solution via FAL 7 through Rotterdam as well as a second entry port into the French market, placing CMA CGM as the only operator serving two French ports, Dunkirk and Le Havre, from India and Gulf,” the Marseilles-based carrier said.
The first vessel to start the expanded rotation will be the CMA CGM Verdi, scheduled to call Dunkirk on June 10.