The company’s Rail Link Europe subsidiary serves over 20 destinations across Europe, offering direct freight trains several times weekly between major seaports and economic centres, including Marseilles, Le Havre, Paris, Lyon, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge and Ludwigshafen/Mannheim.
CMA CGM has recently launched three new private rail shuttles between Dourges/Zeebrugge (three rotations per week), Lyon/Fos (three rotations per week) and Le Havre/Bonneuil (two rotations per week).
These new routes follow the launch last June of a new service between Le Havre, Dourges and Mannheim. In December 2007, CMA CGM plans to increase the frequency of rotation on its existing services.
“2007 represents a pivotal year for CMA CGM in terms of establishing and developing its rail freight operations. Our European freight carrying capacity doubled between January and June following our partnership with Veolia, and we have already reached a 98% reliability rate on the Marseilles/Ludwigshafen route,” explained Alain Wils, general manager of CMA CGM and president of CMA Rail.
“On the international front, we have signed agreements with the Chinese rail freight subsidiary and with Algeria’s national transport company. We are also in discussions with the Moroccan railway system and with local operators in India. CMA CGM’s decision to launch CMA Rail highlights its role as a global service provider to its maritime customers,” he concluded.