CMA CGM announced the upgrading of its CIMEX service linking Asia to the Middle East Gulf.
The NEW CIMEX will be an enhanced service in partnership with CSCL, in replacement of’CMA CGM CIMEX / CSCL AMA services, featuring two major changes:
- The strongest and most competitive modern fleet in this trade, composed of six vessels with homogeneous capacity of 8,500 TEUs. This fleet will replace the 3000 and 5700 TEUs vessels currently deployed on CIMEX / AMA services, without adding extra capacity on the market.
- An enlarged and attractive port coverage with fast transit times and the introduction of five new ports calls (Tianjin, Dalian, Shekou, Nansha and Damman) offering new direct connections to North China and the Middle East Gulf.
The new CIMEX rotation will be as follows: Tianjin, Dalian, Pusan, Shanghai (Yangshan), Shanghai (Waigaoqiao), Ningbo, Shekou, Port Kelang, Khor Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Damman, Bandar Abbas, Port Kelang, Nansha and return to Tianjin.
The trade from Asia to the Middle East has enjoyed a healthy growth that is likely to continue. With this new first class service, CMA CGM will be able to offer the most efficient fleet and a unique enlarged port coverage including Damman in Saudi Arabia, thus being the only carrier to call four ports in the Gulf.
The new CIMEX service will start its westbound rotation at Tianjin on July 8th, 2009 with the sailing of CMA CGM Don Carlos.