French shipping company CMA CGM has announced the reopening of a regular service from Barcelona in Spain to Djen Djen in Algeria as an alternative to the congested Bejaia.
The newly-reopened regular service will be part of the company’s EURONAF service.
According to the shipping company, the main advantages of calling at the Port of Djen Djen include the lack of congestion, which is once again an issue at its compatriot Port of Bejaia.
CMA CGM said in a statement that “for more than one month, Bejaia has once again been facing a severe congestion”, with ships having to wait 10 to 30 days “before getting a berth”.
The company claimed that another advantage of calling at Djen Djen is its location approximately 100 km East from Bejaia with road connections to cities such as Sétif and Constantine.
CMA CGM said that is was “the first line to launch a container vessel into Djen Djen in October 2013 in order to offer a solution without congestion to its customers used to import via Bejaia”.
“Djen Djen remains the good alternative to Bejaia for some receivers,” the company’s statement noted.
At the end of June 2016, the company announced in a Client Advisory the implementation of a Port Congestion Surcharge (PCS) to Bejaia, claiming that the congestion there was causing service disruptions and increasing its operational costs.
The shipping line’s implemented PCS Level was US$100 per teu, with the surcharge being added “to any rate agreement”.