CMA CGM to extend route network with new maritime bridge between Turkey and West Mediterranean

2022/05/31 at 7:46 AM

In early June, CMA CGM, the France-based global container shipping line, will add a new maritime service to its network. It will link several major ports of Turkey with its counterparts in the western part of the Mediterranean Sea, particularly in France, Spain and Algeria. To this end, CMA CGM will deploy three container vessels at an average nominal capacity of around 1,100 TEU.

The new maritime bridge, which is named TMX 1.2 (Turkey Med Express 1.2), was arranged after re-shuffling CMA CGM’s SSL INTRAMED services. It will be performed on a weekly basis starting from 8 June, when the Contship Fun vessel will depart from the Port of Ambarli in Turkey. The next first calls have been scheduled for 15 June in Barcelona, Spain, 17 June in Marseille, France, 20 June in Bejaia and 22 June in Annaba, both in Algeria.

Turkey Med Express (TMX) 1.2 route map, source: CMA CGM

CMA CGM has chartered three container vessels at an average nominal capacity of 1,100 TEU from Contships Management. They will be rotated on the TMX 1.2 line in that order: Ambarli – Gebze – Aliaga – Barcelona – Marseille – Bejaia – Annaba – Ambarli. As for transit time, it will vary from one day for the Marseille – Bejaia section to nine days for the Aliaga – Bejaia section.

“This West Turkey – Spain / France Express service will provide new gateway possibilities to route your cargo destined to other Western Europe locations (Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands etc.),” the French sipping company stated. This results from a well-developed intermodal network of CEVA Logistics, CMA CGM’s dedicated subsidiary, which can offer multimodal shipments, predominantly via the ports of Marseille and Barcelona.

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