Two CMA CGM subsidiaries, Macandrews and OPDR, will merge on January 1, 2018.
The two companies specialise in intra-European transport and will have their headquarters in Hamburg.
The merged company will have a presence in 16 countries. It will also have 36 agencies, 595 employees (310 from OPDR and 285 from Macandrews) and 18 services.
Macandrews claims to be the oldest shipping company in Europe – offering rail, land and martitime transport and specialising in container transport on short-sea routes as well as multimodal solutions. It was bought by CMA CGM in 2002 and connects Great Britain, the Iberian Peninsula and Poland.
OPDR, acquired by CMA CGM in 2015, is an expert in intra-European short-sea transport and logistics. OPDR mainly covers Central Europe, Spain (including the Canary Islands), Portugal and Morocco.
Employment in each entity, as well as existing services, will be maintained.