The ANDEX service will be 100% operated by CMA CGM and will deploy three geared vessels with a capacity of 1,100 on a port rotation of Balboa (Panama), Buenaventura (Colombia), Guayaquil (Ecuador), Iquique (Chile), Callao (Peru), Buenaventura and Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica).
This new regional service will widen the coverage of the CMA CGM services passing through the Panama Canal, and will open up new markets, particularly in northern Chile and Ecuador. To this end, the rotation of the company’s SAX service (Asia–Panama–US East Coast) is being redesigned to include calls in Balboa both eastbound and westbound.
“ANDEX allows us to offer new destinations out of Asia and out of the United States, and to strengthen our regional coverage in response to growing demand from our customers on the West Coast of South America,” explained Laurent Falguière, vice president Caribbean & Latin America Lines.
“The service offers very competitive transit times – for example 23 days between Hong Kong and Buenaventura – thanks to very reliable connections in Balboa. It also provides new opportunities between the US East Coast and South America West Coast.”