In July the French container shipping company CMA CGM launched the FAL5 service between Europe and the Far East. To this end CMA CGM cooperates with its Danish partner Maersk Line. For both companies this new service constitutes a considerable expansion of their fleet capacity on the Europe Asia route.
CMA CGM and Maersk deploy together 10 newly built vessels having a loading capacity between 13,092 and 13,830 teu. The following new vessels will be brought into service : CMA CGM Laperouse, Maersk Edinburg, CMA CGM Magellan, Maersk Emden, CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci, CMA CGM Pegasus, CMA CGM Corte Real, Maersk Eindhoven, and CMA CGM Christophe Colomb.
CMA CGM and Maersk start the new service at a time when the Asian exports to Europe increase for the Christmas period.
On 3 July the FAL5 took off in Chinese Ningbo with the CMA CGM Callisto, which will be replaced in September by the newly built vessel CMA CGM Laperouse. The Callisto is expected in Zeebrugge in the second half of August.
The rotation of the FAL5 is as follows : Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas (APMT hub), Port Klang (CMA CGM hub), Le Havre, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Port Klang, Singapore.
The position of last European port of call before setting sail to Asia, is of crucial importance to Zeebrugge. The FAL 5 will either call at Container Handling Zeebrugge (PSA) or APM Terminals Zeebrugge.