According to PR News, CMA-CGM and Maersk are on the way starting up another new joint vessel sharing agreement on the Asia/Mediterraean trade, this time covering the central/eastern Mediterranean market.
Maersk has slots on CMA-CGM's Phoex-Levex (BEXII) service which it markets as the Asia/Europe 22 (AE22) service. But, as from mid-May, Maersk will begin phasing in four 6,500 TEUs vessels to become a vessel provier, and CMA-CGM will upgrade its own existing vessel capacity from 4,300 TEUs vessels to 6,500 TEUs vessels.
There will be port call changes, with existing calls in northern China and Korea dropped. Effectively, the new joint service will run with 8 x 6,500 TEUs capacity vessels and offer direct port calls at Shanghai, Pusan, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Chiwan, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Port Said, Damietta, Trieste, Koper, Rijekea (feeder connection), Damietta, Port Saidm Jeddah, Port Kelang, Singapore and Shanghai.
Source: PR News/ Copy 6012/ 20 April 2009