French shipping line CMA CGM has made Reunion Island its new Indian Ocean maritime hub, with five weekly calls compared to three previously.
The carrier’s services will link Reunion Island, which is 175 km southwest of Mauritius, with Europe, Australia, Asia, India, East Africa, West Africa and South Africa.
Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM’s vice-chairman, said that the announcement would “restore its [the island’s] position as the maritime crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa”.
He added that the move would bring new sourcing and export opportunities to the island, which is an overseas region of France.
The French company, which has had a presence on Reunion Island since 2003, has doubled its office area to support the increased activity generated it expects to be generated by the new hub.
Amongst the five weekly calls, one will link Europe and Australia, with Reunion lying 16 days from the Port of Fos and 21 days from the Port of le Havre.
Two calls will link the hub to East Africa, South Africa, West Africa, Arabian Peninsula and India, one will serve CMA CGM’s existing Port Kelang hub in Malaysia and another will be a local service to Mauritius and Madagascar.