CMA CGM boosts capacity between Asia and Europe as demand surges

15 December 2020 (Last Updated December 15th, 2020 11:49)

Shipping and logistics company CMA CGM Group has decided to increase its capacity between Asia and Europe to meet the high demand for shipping services.

CMA CGM boosts capacity between Asia and Europe as demand surges
CMA CGM has enhanced the capacity assigned to lines between Asia and Europe by 6% for Q42020 in comparison with the same period of 2019. Credit: Sheila Fitzgerald / Shutterstock.

Shipping and logistics company CMA CGM Group has decided to increase its capacity between Asia and Europe to meet the high demand for shipping services.

The company pointed out that the demand for goods transportation has risen drastically over the past six months.

CMA CGM has enhanced the capacity assigned to lines between Asia and Europe by 6% for Q42020 in comparison with the same period of 2019.

When capacity will be 10% higher than in the present quarter, CMA CGM will make more additions in Q12021.

For the purpose of enhancing its capacity, the company will assign a new class of nine 23,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ships for Asia-Europe trade, out of which three are already in service.

Two extra loaders will also start operating on routes between Asia and Europe, providing over 9,000 TEU in total capacity.

The company said that there were no blank sailing departures on the French Asia Line (FAL 1) and FAL 3 lines since the recovery commenced in mid-May in Asia.

Le Havre will have an additional import call on the FAL 1 line between the two continents to provide greater capacity for the French market.

CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupéry, a container ship, will add another weekly import call in France to CMA CGM’s FAL 1, which connects Asia to Europe in an 84-day rotation.

The direct connection will enable shipments between Shanghai and France in 27 days.

Moreover, the FAL 3 service will make a weekly export call in Le Havre bound for ports in the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, and Asia.

Under the new provisions, the company’s ships will make four weekly calls in France, two at Le Havre, one at Dunkirk, and another at Marseille/Fos-sur-Mer.

The group is also introducing operational solutions to address the container shortage and port congestion in Asia and Europe, which will accelerate the return of empty containers to Asia and reduce delays at the ports.

CMA CGM has increased the size of its container fleet by 8.7% in the second half of 2020.

To clear the build-up of empty containers, the group rerouted its services.

In addition, the company is providing alternative solutions to clients who use different types of containers to meet their needs.