CMA CGM, Evergreen to Launch Joint Red Sea Service

CMA CGM, Evergreen to Launch Joint Red Sea Service

CMA CGM will launch a new fixed-day weekly service on its Asia to Red Sea route, the REX 3 service, on May 2, in partnership with Evergreen Line.

Evergreen Line will refer to the new service as the South Red Sea Service, SRS2.

Complementing CMA CGM’s existing REX 2 service, which focuses on northern Red Sea ports (including Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Ain Sukhna, Egypt; and Aqaba, Jordan), the new REX 3 service will connect Asia to southern Red Sea ports via Colombo, Sri Lanka, offering calls at six ports of the Red Sea.

Five ships of 2,200 20-foot-equivalent units will be deployed on the new service. Evergreen Line will provide three of these vessels and CMA CGM will provide two.

The new service’s port rotation will be as follows: Port Klang, Malaysia; Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia; Colombo; Djibouti; Aden, Yemen; Jeddah; Port Sudan, Sudan; and back to Djibouti, Colombo and Port Klang.

CMA CGM will also launch a new service covering trade from the Mediterranean to the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast, starting June 2. The Amerigo service will have the following port rotation: Malta; Livorno, Italy; Genoa, Italy; Fos sur Mer, France; Barcelona, Spain; Valencia, Spain; New York; Norfolk, Va.; Savannah, Ga.; Tanger Med, Morocco; and back to Valencia and Malta.

The Florida Shuttle, which complements the new Amerigo, will also be revamped. The port rotation will remain the same, but the westbound leg’s transit times will be improved.

Additionally, CMA CGM has completed the upgrade of its WAX service. Effective April 12, with CMA CGM Africa Two calling Tianjin Xingang, China, WAX will focus on the Nigerian market, with direct and weekly calls at its three major ports: Tincan Lagos, Apapa and Onne. The rotation has also been revised as follows: Tianjin Xingang, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Chiwan and Nansha in China; Port Klang; Walvis Bay, Namibia; Apapa; Tincan Lagos; Onne; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and back to Port Klang and Tianjin Xingang. Dalian, China, call remains covered by BMX service, operated by Cheng Lie Navigation.

Furthermore, the carrier will increase rates for all cargo on its trade from Asia to the Red Sea, effective April 15. The hike will be $300 per TEU for all cargo discharged in Jeddah, Ain Sukhna; Aqaba; Djibouti; Port Sudan; Aden; and Al Hudaydah, Yemen.

CMA CGM will also boost rates for dry cargo only on its trade from the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast to the Far East, starting May 1. The hike will be $80 per 20-foot container and $100 per 40-foot and 45-foot container.