Jacques R. Saadé, the Founding President of the CMA-CGM Group, a global shipping giant, has passed away on the 24th of June at the age of 81. After leaving Lebanon with his family during the Civil War, Jacques R. Saadé founded the Compagnie Maritime d’Affretement (CMA) 40 years ago, on 13 September 1978.
He began with four collaborators including his brother-in-law and right-hand man Farid Salem, initially with a single ship and only one maritime service between Marseille and Beirut.
Over the years, he developed his company to become one of the leaders in container shipping.
Among the major stages of the group’s development, there was notably the acquisition of the Compagnie Générale Maritime in 1996 and Delmas in 2005. Two acquisitions that allowed CMA -CGM to reach the place of the third largest container shipping company in the world, a place that the group has never left since. A man with strong ties to the city of Marseille, where the Group was founded, Jacques R. Saadé built the CMA CGM Tower in 2006, the new headquarters of the Group and now a symbol of the city of Marseilles.
In 2015, Jacques R. Saadé, was conferred the title of Commander of the French Legion of Honor by the President of France.
On 7 February 2017, on his 80th birthday, he appointed Radolphe Saadé to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group and then appointed him Chairman of the Board of Directors on the 24th of November, the same year.
The operation involved receiving six crew boats, 22-meter long, less than 6-meter wide and 9-meter high, from Ex Works a shipyard in Singapore, to the specially chartered heavy lift vessel. Each crew boat had to be transported on their cradle, with a total weight of 45 tons. The main challenge for Bolloré Logistics Singapore was to meet the very short deadlines for the preparation of operations and the coordination between the various stakeholders.
As the boats could not be “self-navigated” in Singapore waters and could not be wet-towed by local tugs from the shipyard to the chartered vessel, Bolloré Logistics Singapore had to mobilize the barges which allowed a load out in a very narrow location.
Although the preparation took place very shortly before loading, Bolloré Logistics Singapore was able to quickly mobilize its teams of specialists. They have come up with a large number of innovative solutions which were then offered to the customer. Once the plans were fixed and agreed, the entire operation was smooth and the vessels were loaded without delay or Lost Time Injury (LTI).
The French group CMA-CGM, one of the maritime transport leaders, just announced a new offer for container tracking : Traxens. This connected device is fixed on the container and then check its location by land or by sea. It enables to know the intensity of the bumps and the temperature change outside. It can also know if the doors are open or closed. By a warning system in near real time, customers can track the goods and gain agility in the different stages of the transport.
Mathieu Friedberg, Senior Vice-President Commercial and Agency Network, explained that « CMA CGM reaffirms its customer centricity strategy by offering this innovative solution. With nearly 19 million containers carried in 2017, the generalization of smart containers in the Group’s fleet will allow to collect and analyze a lot of information necessary to improve the service offered to customers and will help them optimize their supply chain.”
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the port of Marseille Fos signed at the end of May a financial partnership of 50 million euros. The monetary institution has undertaken to pay this amount in order to support the development projects of the port. Five of them include a global investment of 136 million euros and concern among other things the redevelopment of several terminals and the « expansion of the North channel for the large cruise ships reception », as the port announced. This partnership follows the previous one signed in 2008 to build the Fos 2XL terminal.
Photo : Christine Cabau Woehrel, Chairwoman of Marseille Fos and Ambroise Fayolle, BEI’s Vice-President
Maritime Holdings Delaware, parent company of Intermarine, has entered into a joint venture agreement with the German group Zeaborn. The company, which will be named Zeamarine, will include the transfer of assets and operating entities from the various commercial activities of Zeaborn as well as the company Intermarine held by Maritime Holdings, said the duo in a statement. The joint venture will have a fleet of more than 75 vessels and is expected to exceed 100 vessels by the end of the year. The shareholders of the new Zeamarine company will also commit to finance the new capital to develop the joint venture in which Zeaborn will be the majority shareholder.
Recently, SNM Heavy Handling delivered a Konecranes Liftace RS-31 reach stacker at the Brest terminal. Fitted with the Lifttace technology powered by Terex, the machine can lift until 45t in first row and 31t in second row. the RS-31 can reach a 15m maximum stacking height, corresponding to a pile of five standard containers. SNM Heavy Handling is part of the SNM Group, which gathers as well SNM Cranes for onshore handling and SNM Lift for access platforms. More info in the next issue of the Move it Magazine …
The Gaussin Manugistique Group announces the signature of two contracts with the Bolloré Group. The first deal is to market the Power Packs LMP (Lithium Metal Polymer) for Gaussin’s range of port vehicles. The LMP batteries, designed by Blue Solutions, the company that combines the electricity storage activities developed by Bolloré, have the capacity to operate with optimal performance even in a very hot environment. The second contract between Gaussin and Bolloré Ports concerns the co-development of the APM 75T electric tractor (equipped with two LMP battery packs) for the container transport in ports.
“The Gaussin Group is proud to propose a 100% made in France range of full electric vehicles.The integration of these batteries, perfectly adapted to hot countries, provides many business opportunities, in particular in the Middle East and, of course, in Africa, a continent where Bolloré operates 20 port terminals,” declares Christophe Gaussin, CEO of the Gaussin Group.
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), specialized in international sea transport of containers, created a new roro service linking Haropa to Western Africa. This group made, with the company gathering Le Havre, Rouen and Paris ports, the official inauguration of this new activity in Le Havre by the introduction of the MSC Immacolata. This roro ship, with a 6700 vehicles capacity, is 199m long and 32m width. With the MSC Cristina, ship with the same sizes, they will do bimonthly trips and will stop at Anvers, Dakar, Conakry and Abidjan ports, before heading back to Le Havre. The African continent is well known by MSC, since the group is already settled in more than 40 countries. For its part, Haropa continues on its path about the roro sector, because in 2017 they had experienced a growth rate of 18% in this branch.
In order to improve logistics processes of the Nordkai terminal of Emden in Germany, the German port handling company Ems Ports Agency & Stevedoring (EPAS) Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG just acquired two new port mobile cranes Liebherr LHM 420. Both have a lifting capacity of 124t and a 18m outreach. Thanks to the Sycratronic lifting system, only one person can operate the two machines simultaneously . The electronic synchronisation allows that, with 100% of the maximum lifting charge against 75% manually. This productivity gain is also obtained by the ability to handle several ships in the same time. This purchase is « the prelude to a series of investments we are planning to provide our customers with the best possible service and competitive positioning in the future », explained Heinrich Smidt, Managing Director of Epas.