The Scandinavian arm of French shipping firm CMA CGM has selected Gulf Agency Company (GAC) Norway to cater to the company’s ships calling at the port of Oslo by signing an agency, husbandry and nitrogen oxide (NOx) reporting agreement.
Under the agreement, GAC Norway will cater to the requirements of the CMA CGM vessels for agency, husbandry and assist the vessels to comply with NOx emission standards while they report at Oslo.
The first port call under the new deal took place this month when the feeder vessel ‘Pengalia’ visited the Sjursøya Container Terminal to offload and load cargo.
CMA CGM Logistics head of vessel operations Sara Henriksson said: "CMA CGM has enjoyed a long-term relationship with GAC for many years, perhaps most notably in Saudi Arabia where they provided liner agency services and more recently in Dubai where we used GAC EnvironHull’s eco-friendly HullWiper hull cleaning services.
"As a global operation with a fleet of 470 vessels and 170 lines serving 400 ports, it’s essential that CMA CGM’s ship agency services provider has the reach and network to fit the bill."
Last year, the Oslo port had witnessed an estimated volume of 13 millionTEUs and vessels from the CMA CGM Group to load and unload a range of goods ferried in containers across the world.
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In 2014, GAC Shipping UK was appointed by integrated subsea infrastructure services provider N-Sea Offshore as its agent for vessels operating in the North Sea for the oil and gas and renewable energy industries.
Image: CMA CGM’s vessel Pengalia docked at the port. Photo: Gulf Agency Company.