Members of the new Ocean Alliance – the CMA CGM Group, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line – have announced the proposed network of the largest shipping alliance in the world.
The four partners will share their capacity on several routes to offer more services for their customers. Together, the partners will operate 40 services on the East-West trades with around 100 ports of call and almost 500 port pairs. Supported by a highly-efficient fleet of nearly 350 vessels with about 3.5 million TEUs in total capacity, the Alliance will comply with the requirements of global supply chains while providing higher sailing frequencies, better transit times and greater coverage in terms of loops, ports of call and port pairs.
As the main contributor to this alliance, the CMA CGM Group will have the largest share within the alliance, deploying a fleet of 119 vessels with a 35% capacity share. The Group will not only be offering more ports, direct calls and better transit times, but is also committed to providing unmatched shipping services and quality through best-in-class business operations and solutions across the Group.
The following trades will be served to customers:
· On the Transpacific trade: 20 loops, 145 weekly calls and 52 ports
CMA CGM Group will be the number one with its two strong brands CMA CGM and APL. It will offer the most comprehensive market coverage and geographic consistency by loop for optimised transit times to main markets:
· On the Asia – Northern Europe trade: 6 loops, 79 weekly calls and 31 ports
Customers will benefit from the better frequency and improved coverage. The global agency network offers tailored solutions in Northern and Central Europe.
· On the Transatlantic trade: 6 loops, 79 weekly calls and 31 ports
There will be a comprehensive coverage of Northern Europe with direct services from all West Mediterranean countries, a wide Mexican intermodal solution and a connection to the East Mediterranean, Adriatic, Black Sea and North Africa through the Malta hub.
· On the Asia – Mediterranean trade: 4 loops, 67 weekly calls and 33 ports
Customers will benefit from seamless connections to all Mediterranean outports through an extensive feedering network allowing connections with 4 loops in the CMA CGM dedicated hub in Singapore and best the coverage to North Africa with 13 feeders and 15 weekly calls.
· On the Asia – Red Sea trade: 4 loops, 67 weekly calls and 33 ports
There will be a full coverage of CMA CGM agencies offering excellent customer service at the origin (China, North Asia, Southeast Asia) as well as at the destination (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, Sudan, Jeddah, Egypt & Jordan), connecting Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Gulf, and the US via the Jeddah hub.
· On the Asia – Middle East trade: 5 loops, 55 weekly calls and 25 ports
There will be full trade coverage and the best transit times on the market with direct calls in Korea, China, Taiwan and more ports in South East Asia. There will be direct calls in the Middle East Gulf serving eight countries and giving access to an extensive feedering network ensuring smooth connections.