CMA CGM and Seatrade launch reefer vessel-sharing collaboration


Container shipping group CMA CGM and reefer vessel operator Seatrade Group today unveiled a “unique” collaboration in the form of a vessel-sharing agreement incorporating the services known by CMA CGM as ‘PAD’ and by Seatrade as ‘Meridian’.

This service will link northern Europe, the east coast of the United States, Central America, the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and the Caribbean on a weekly basis. The new service brings together CMA CGM, Seatrade and Marfret and improves their frequency and port coverage, the lines claimed.

The collaboration will deploy 13 modern-geared ships with a nominal capacity between 2,200 and 2,500 TEU. Six each will be provided by CMA CGM and Seatrade, and one by Marfret. Each will have minimum 600 reefer containers on board, providing transport for refrigerated goods such as fruits or meat.

The weekly service will have the following rotation: Zeebrugge, London Gateway, Rotterdam, Dunkerque, Le Havre, New York, Savannah, Kingston, Cartagena, Papeete, Noumea, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Nelson, Napier, Tauranga, Pisco, Paita, Kingston, Philadelphia, Zeebrugge

The carriers said this new line “will be the only one in the market to offer such coverage on a weekly basis”, including a direct and weekly service to Papeete and Noumea from northern Europe and the east coast of the United States, along with “the only fast, direct, dedicated reefer service from New Zealand to the United States and Europe”.

The companies said it would improve the supply of transport between Australia and the United States, while offering stops in Peru that “will include a very short transit time to supply fruits to the United States and Europe”.

The launch of the service is scheduled in October 2017, subject to validation by the competent authorities.