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Dear friends,

CMA puts in more vessel, we can imagine, other carriers will follow suit.
And CMA also Suspends Cargo Bound for South China Ports in Early 2021, like what we announced a couple of days before on ONE Shipping Line. And the others follow suit.
It’s an interesting end of the year 2020 for sure.......

Best regards
Fracht Ltd., Basle
R. Reisdorf

CMA CGM ramps up its capacity between Asia and Europe in response to unprecedented demand
Monday, December 14, 2020
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CMA CGM ramps up its capacity between Asia and Europe in response to unprecedented demand

• Capacity boosted between Asia and Europe to meet customer requirements amid unprecedented demand for shipping services.
• Four weekly calls in France and more space for the French market with a new import call by the FAL 1 line in Le Havre.
• Innovative solutions implemented to address the container shortage and port congestion.
Capacity boosted between Asia and Europe

The CMA CGM Group has accelerated the redeployment of its capacity, demonstrating once again its agile approach and the commitment of its employees. CMA CGM has boosted the capacity assigned to lines between Asia and Europe by 6% for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the same period of 2019. It will make further additions in the first quarter of 2021, when capacity will be 10% higher than in the current quarter. Practically speaking, this ramp-up will be provided by:
1. A new class of nine 9 23,000-TEU LNG-powered vessels assigned to Asia-Europe trade, three of which are already in service.
2. Two extra loaders operating on routes between Asia and Europe, providing over 9,000 TEU in total capacity, with special departures from China to France and the Netherlands in late December 2020.
3. No blank sailing departures on the FAL 1 and FAL 3 lines since the recovery began in Asia in mid-May.

Le Havre, an additional import call on the iconic FAL 1 line between Asia and Europe to provide greater capacity for the French market
The CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupéry will call at Le Havre on Sunday, December 13, adding another weekly import call in France to CMA CGM’s illustrious French Asia Line (FAL 1), which connects Asia to Europe in an 84-day rotation. This direct connection can ship a container from Shanghai to France in barely 27 days. In parallel, 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 these new arrangements, the CMA CGM Group’s vessels will make four weekly calls in France — two at Le Havre, one at Dunkirk and 1 at Marseille/Fos-sur-Mer.

The Group is implementing effective solutions to address the container shortage and port congestion

The CMA CGM Group has taken several measures to speed up the return of empty containers to Asia and to cut delays at the ports it serves in Asia and Europe. It has arranged special services for our customers to ports less affected by the congestion. During the second half of 2020, CMA CGM has increased the size of its container fleet by 8.7%, services have been rerouted to clear the build-up of empty containers, and CMA CGM is offering its customers alternative solutions that use other types of containers to meet their needs.



CMA CGM Suspends Cargo Bound for South China Ports in Early 2021
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December 11, 2020
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By Tom Daly
Dec 11 (Reuters) – CMA-CGM, the world’s fourth-largest container shipping line, has told customers it will not take bookings for cargo due to arrive at ports in southern China over several weeks in early 2021 due to a suspension of service by feeder operators.
Feeders collect containers from smaller ports and take them to terminals where they can be loaded onto large vessels.
CMA-CGM’s move comes amid a global shortage of containers that is likely to hamper surging exports from China as the world stocks on up everything from appliances to personal protective equipment after the coronavirus crisis.
South China and Hong Kong feeder operators have announced suspensions from Jan. 5 to Feb. 21 “in view of COVID-19 quarantine requirements for ship crews” before Lunar New Year, CMA-CGM’s Singapore office said in a notice to customers.
Marseille-based CMA-CGM did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the notice, which was seen by Reuters and dated Dec. 7.
“In light of this situation, CMA-CGM will be temporarily suspending cargo” bound for at least 28 ports from Fuzhou in Fujian province to Haikou on Hainan island with estimated arrival dates over that period, the notice said.
Lunar New Year, which in 2021 falls on Feb. 12, is marked with a week-long holiday in China that typically leads to congestion at the country’s ports.
The suspension applies to all trades except those with CMA-CGM subsidiary CNC, the notice said, adding that service is expected to resume after Feb. 21, pending further updates from feeder operators.
It listed some exceptions for transhipments via Nansha, Shekou and Hong Kong, for dry cargo only, subject to an additional feeder surcharge. (Reporting by Tom Daly; additional reporting by Roslan Khasawneh in Singapore; Editing by Pratima Desai and Alexander Smith)

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