Marseille, 12th July 2012 - CMA CGM and DELMAS are pleased to announce the launching of a new, direct, fast and efficient weekly service on the Asia-Africa route: “New Africa Express” (AFEX) service.

This service is to be dedicated to South Asian and West African trades and will replace existing Maersk operated FEW3 service. As a replacement, there will be no additional capacity injected to the market.

As from the 24th July 2012, the CMA CGM Group South China – West Africa network will be covered by the following loop:

A service operated under a Vessel Shared Agreement between CMA CGM and Maersk with 10 vessels, 2 CMA CGM and 8 Maersk, ranging from 4,000  to 4,500 TEU.

Rotation: Yantian (YICT) > Nansha > Tanjung Pelepas > Port Kelang (West Port Terminal) > Capetown > Pointe Noire (Congo Terminal) > Tema (MPS) > Capetown > Yantian
“The New AFEX service will ensure schedule reliability with owned berthing windows as well as fast transit time with for example Yantian > Tema in 37 days.

The key aim of this product will be to develop a NEW DIRECT link from Asia to Ghana, being the 2nd largest market in West Africa” explain Ludovic Rozan, Vice-President CMA CGM Africa, Indian Ocean and Oceania Lines and Mathieu Friedberg, General Manager Delmas.


CMA CGM is the world’s third largest container shipping company and is ranked number one in France. Operating a fleet of 394 vessels, the Group serves more than 400 ports around the world. In 2011, it carried more than 10 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units). With a presence on every continent and in 150 countries through its network of 650 agencies and branch offices, the Group employs 18,000 people worldwide.

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