CMA CGM confirms its interest in La Méridionale

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The CMA CGM Group finally confirmed what we announced last week: the French container giant enters into exclusive discussions to acquire La Méridionale.

A press release (in French) says that the planned acquisition will enable:

-The recovery of the Company and the preservation of the employment of French crew under the 1st French register flag,

-The investment in fleet and in the energy transition of the company.

CMA-GCM to merge subsidiaries OPDR and MacAndrews

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The CMA CGM Group is going to merge its subsidiaries MacAndrews and OPDR to strengthen its multimodal offer in Europe. The name will be MacAndrews and the headquarters will be located in Hamburg.

MacAndrews, acquired by CMA CGM in 2002, offers rail, land and maritime transport services and is a specialist in container transport on short-sea routes as well as multimodal solutions. MacAndrews connects Great Britain, the Iberian Peninsula and Poland.
OPDR, acquired by the CMA CGM Group in 2015, is an expert in intra-European short-sea transport and logistics. OPDR mainly covers Central Europe, Spain (including the Canary Islands), Portugal and Morocco. OPDR operates six container feeders and two Con-Ro’s.

Short News

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  • CLdN decided to introduce an additional ro-ro –ADELINE– on the Rotterdam-London service. From each port there will be two extra sailings per week.
  • GNV’s ro-pax ferry LA SUPREMA made a transatlantic crossing, and is now in San Juan, the capital of Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico. She is acting as a relief ship after the hurricane.
  • CMA CGM will bring in STENA CARRIER and ARK FORWARDER for their new Morocco Express service (see Ferry Shipping News, week 37). These two Stena RoRo ships have a capacity of about 2,700 lane meter.
  • Stena’s former TRELLEBORG, operating as SUNNY between the islands of Qeshm (Iran), has been sold for scrap.
  • Ro-pax STENA EGERIA arrived in Durrës on October 8. She has been chartered by Adria Ferries for one year, from Stena RoRo. She replaces the BRIDGE, which was spotted in Port Suez on October 10. STENA EGERIA has been renamed AF MICHELA.
  • ABB is going to provide an Azipod propulsion system for the new Viking Line cruise ferry to be built in China, the first installation of Azipod propulsion in a cruise-ferry application.
  • Ship2Shore reports that the Onorato Group (Moby/Tirrenia) is aiming at a sale & lease back contract with foreign investors, to cash money from MOBY TOMMY, JANAS, BITHIA and ATHARA.

CMA CGM launches Morocco Express 1/2/3

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As already announced in Ferry Shipping News (week 37), CMA CGM will launch a new ro-ro service to connect Morocco more quickly to Europe: Morocco Express 1/2/3.


  • Loop 1: weekly service on a fixed day, available throughout the year. It connects Casablanca and Tangier to Marseille with 3 departures per week from Morocco on a ship with a capacity of 180 trailers.
  • Loop 2: weekly service on a fixed day, available throughout the year. It connects Tangier to Marseille and Genoa with 2 departures each week from Southern Europe on a ship with a capacity of 180 trailers.
  • Loop 3: weekly service on a fixed day, available from November to April. It connects the port of Tangier to Port-Vendres with 1 departure per week from Tangier on a ship with a capacity of 65 trailers.

The service will start on October 21.

CMA CGM to start a new ro-ro service to Morocco

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French company CMA CGM has the intention to start a Marseille-Tanger ro-ro freight service, as from November.

Two –still unknown– ro-ro ships are going to be chartered. The service would be weekly, with a Saturday departure on each side.

Goal is to take some of the freight away from the Tanger to Algeciras and Barcelona routes, in what is known as the ‘citrus’ season.

Although being a container company, CMA CGM already has a ro-ro service to Tunisia, with a vessel chartered from Stena RoRo, the MONT VENTOUX (see photo).

Two small ro-ro sister ships are laid up in the port of Marseille, MAESTRO SEA and MAESTRO UNIVERSE. Could these be the ships? To be confirmed.

Source: Actu Transport Logistique Photo: Mike Louagie