The service will rotate between Rio de Janeiro – Santo – Paranagua – Itajai – Rio Grande – Salalah – Khorfakkan – Nhava-Sheva – Port Louis – Durban – Rio de Janeiro. Transit times are very competitive, according to the company, with 20 days for the trip between Rio Grande and Khorfakkan. The service will also use the Port of Salalah to serve the Red Sea market, using dedicated feeder vessels.
CMA CGM has also joined forces with COSCO to launch a new service between China/Southeast Asia and four ports in the Western Mediterranean. The MEX II service will deploy seven ships of 3,500 teu/4,000 teu on the following rotation: Qingdao – Shanghai – Hong Kong – Shekou – Singapore – Port Klang – Naples – Genoa – Barcelona – Valencia – Port Klang – Singapore – Hong Kong – Qingdao. The first ship, the MV Empress Phoenix, is scheduled to leave Qingdao on March 9.
According to the two companies, the service will offer unbeatable transit times to Italy and Spain from China and southern Asia. It will connect Hong Kong with Naples in 17 days, Shanghai with Genoa in 21 days and Shanghai with Barcelona in 23 days.