Marseilles, October 29th, 2010 - With the arrival of 13,800 teu-vessels in its fleet and in order to provide its customers with optimum services and unique port coverage, CMA CGM is pleased to announce the strengthening of its FAL5 (French Asia Line) service.

This new service launched last July extended CMA CGM’s offer on the Asia-Europe trade. It deploys the most important market capacity, with an homogeneous fleet of 10 ships of 13,800 TEU, of which 5 CMA CGM (CMA CGM CHRISTOPHE COLOMB, MAGELLAN, LAPEROUSE, CORTE REAL et AMERIGO VESPUCCI). 

With a new call in Rotterdam (Westbound), starting November 6th, the FAL5 will offer faster transit times between Asia and both Le Havre and Rotterdam with delivery times respectively improved by 2 and 5 days, linking Port Kelang to Le Havre in 17 days (instead of 19 previously) and Yantian to Rotterdam in only 25 days (instead of 30 days previously).

The new FAL5 70-day rotation will be as follows: Ningbo > Shanghai > Yantian> Tanjung Pelepas> Port Kelang> Le Havre > Rotterdam (import)> Hamburg > Rotterdam (export)> Zeebrugge >Port Kelang> Singapore > Ningbo .

"To meet a strong demand, we decided to add a call at Rotterdam for import cargo. This new improvement will reinforce this major service launched last July, that deploys the largest vessels of the market", explains Nicolas Sartini, Senior Vice President Asia- Europe Lines.

As a reminder, CMA CGM offers between Asia and Northern Europe :

- 10 weekly services
- 26 direct ports of call in Asia
- 10 ports of discharge in Europe
- 260 direct port combinations

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