CMA CGM service to call at Colombo

CMA CGM service to call at Colombo

French carrier CMA CGM said its Bosporus Express Service will include calls to Sri Lanka's Port of Colombo beginning later this month.

The new express service, linking ports in China and the Bosporus, will call at Colombo on Sept. 26. The service begins at Ningbo, with calls at Shanghai, Port Kelang, Colombo, Odessa, Constanta, Istanbul, Piracus and Port Said. The carrier will use six vessels for the service, according to a statement from Sri Lanka's Shipping Ministry.

Colombo has seen the introduction of four joint services this year by companies such as Norasia, CMA CGM, Gold Star, Hanjin, Cosco, Evergreen, Wan Hai, Hapag Lloyd, and MOL. Some 40 carriers now use the Port of Colombo, the government said.

Transshipment volumes at Colombo have been rising steadily at Colombo following decreases or flat volume over the past two years.

Separately, new container terminals in India will see calls from two shipping lines this month.

The Singapore-based Sea Consortium Pte. Ltd (Seacon), is planning calls at the eastern Indian Port of Visakhapatnam from Sept. 6 as part of its service linking Bangladesh's Chittagong to Colombo in Sri Lanka. Another service that links eastern Indian Ports of Kolkata and Haldia to Colombo also is likely to be extended to Visakhapatnam.

Seacon is offering a sailing from Visakhapatnam every 12 days. This port has a new container operated by Dubai Ports Authority and an Indian partner.

The new Mundra International Container Terminal operated by P&O Ports on India's west coast will get a direct service from Pacific International Lines Pte. Ltd. of Singapore from Sept. 9.

PIL will link Mundra with ports in East Africa and Red Sea on a fortnightly basis. The service will call at Mundra, Nehru, Djibouti, Dar-Es-Salaam, Mombasa, and Karachi. Cargo bound for the Red Sea ports will be transshipped at Djibouti on to PIL's own vessels for onward sailing.

PIL is the second line to begin calls at Mundra, which began operations in July. Mediterranean Shipping Co. was the first to begin a regular service to the new terminal.