CMA CGM Upgrades Gulfbridge, Hispaniola Lines

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

April 13, 2015

Container shipping company CMA CGM Group announced its Gulfbridge service upgrade, and its Hispaniola feeder service optimization. 
The CMA CGM Group upgrades its Gulfbridge service between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean area
To adapt the group’s offer to its clients’ demand, CMA CGM decided to improve its Gulfbridge service by decreasing its transit times to Colombia
The service first rotation will start on April 29, in New Orleans, with the vessel Frisia Loga. 
2,500 TEUs capacity vessels will call ports in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea and East and West South American coast calls through its Kingston transshipment. 
The Hispaniola feeder service optimization improves the CMA CGM Group’s Caribbean islands coverage 
To complete its regional coverage, the CMA CGM Group uses feeder services. Those services dispatch the containers transported on the main services via transshipment ports. 
Starting early May, the Hispaniola service will be improved: 
  • Calls frequency will be increased. The main ports will be called weekly, which will promote Reefer containers transportation
  • With the frequency increase and the Kingston, Pointe-à-Pitre and Point Lisas port hubs connection, the service reliability will be improved 
  • Transit times from Kingston will be reduced.
Two 850 TEUs and 1,150 TEUs capacity vessels will be placed on the following rotation: Kingston, Jamaica – Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Cap Haitian, Haiti – Philipsburg, Saint Marteen – Saint Johns, Antigua – Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe – Fort-de-France, Martinique – Roseau, Dominique – Camden Park, Saint-Vincent les Grenadines – Saint George, Grenada – Point Lisas, Trinidad & Tobago – Bridgetown, Barbados – Castries, Saint-Lucia – Kingston, Jamaica. 
The CMA CGM Group adapts its offer in a strategic geographic area
With the Gulfbridge and Hispaniola services optimization, the CMA CGM Group improves its direct and indirect services of the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, East, West and North South American coasts markets.  
Jean-Yves Duval, CMA CGM Caribbean and Latin American Lines Vice President, said, “The Caribbean is an area with a strong growth. The Panama Canal widening, expected to be completed in 2016, proves it and the arrival of larger vessels it implies a regional services adaptation need. Those improved services will be connected to our new Kingston hub, and will allow the CMA CGM Group to continue improving its solutions for its clients, while dispensing one of the market’s best offers. Those services improvement are in line with the group’s regional development strategy”. 
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