Signature of the alliance partners CMA CGM, COSCO, Evergreen and OOCLPhoto: CMA CGM Group
Members of the new Ocean Alliance – the CMA CGM Group, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line – 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 CMA CGM Group manages a complete supply chain business in intermodal network and terminal operations that strongly supports its container shipping services. With its expertise in reefer and out-of-gauge services, the Group will continue to deliver the best of shipping through customized solutions.
The following trades will be served to Ocean Alliance 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 optimized 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: 3 loops, 34 weekly calls and 21 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: 2 loops, 21 weekly calls and 12 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 8 countries and giving access to an extensive feedering network ensuring smooth connections.
“Ocean Alliance is the largest operational agreement ever made between shipping companies. With more than 40 maritime services, we will be sharing our fleet with the largest Asian shipping companies. By offering more ports and more direct calls, as well as better transit times, we will provide our customers with unmatched quality services. This new offering is a cornerstone of our strategy as it reinforces our competitiveness and strengthens our position as a key player in the shipping industry”, said Rodolphe Saadé, Vice-Chairman of the CMA CGM Group.
Recently, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission and South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries expressed their approval of the Ocean Alliance. Members of the Ocean Alliance will continue to work closely with all the other authorities to secure the necessary regulatory approvals for the Ocean Alliance to commence operation as of April 2017.
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