Inauguration of the CMA-CGM Antoine de Saint Exupéry container ship

With Bruno Le Maire (French Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance), Elisabeth Borne (Transportation Minister) as well as the CEO of the CMA-CGM group Rodolphe Saadé, the inauguration of the Antoine de Saint Exupéry container ship recently took place in the port of Le Havre. This cargo with exceptional dimensions (400m long, 59m width and able to ship 20 600 PVE or 123 km of containers) just spent 467 days at sea from Asia and will leave tomorrow full of french goods for the Asian markets.

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Rhenus strengthens its lines between France and Morocco

Established in Morocco since 2008, through its Rhenus Maroc subsidiary based in Tangiers, the German group Rhenus Freight Logistics (RFL) has seen the last five years an important development of its activities on the lines with this country. Indeed, Rhenus offers a wide range of transport and services between France and Morocco regardless of the sector of activity (industrial, event, hi-tech automobile, health and medical equipment …) From its platform in Aulnay- sous-Bois, where it has more than 4500 m2 of warehouses and 52 loading docks, RFL has set up weekly links to Morocco, via Spain, with transit times of 72 to 96 hours . It also has a large fleet of vehicles adapted to the loads: complete trucks (FTL), trucks with platform, trailers, transport of vehicles, etc. Rhenus can also offer its customers various exceptional convoys, with full or partial loads, to the ports of Casablanca and Tangiers. The company plans to make new expansions and openings in order to extend its network to this country.

Jacques R. Saadé, Founding President of the French group CMA-CGM, has passed away

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.

DCT Gdansk breaks the 9 million / TEU in 10 years

DCT Gdansk, Poland’s largest container terminal, has surpassed the handling of 9 million TEU since its opening 10 years ago.

With 1.3 km of deep-water quay-line, 11 STS cranes handles over 460 vessels per year. In 2017, DCT Gdansk was ranked as the 16th largest port in Europe with 1.6 million TEUs processed.

“The DCT terminal that we see today, is the product of constant investment year after year to create a true gateway to the world for Poland,” said Cameron Thorpe, of DCT Gdansk SA.

The 3 world’s largest STS Cranes for the APM Terminals MedPort Tangier

Opening in 2019, the APM terminals Medport of Tangier in Morocco will be equipped soon with three of the newest and largest ship-to-shore cranes in the world. The STS, weighing 2500 metric tons each, are 144 meters high when boomed up and have a 72 meters high outreach with tandem lift capacity. The three cranes have been designed to handle vessels and carrying 22000 containers for the Asia/Europe trade lane. The terminal under construction will be equipped with the latest technology, which « ensures greater cargo-handling efficiency and enabling more capacity » according to the Maersk’s Transport and Logistics part.

315 vehicles from Greece to Egypt

Cosmatos Shipping Services has successfully transported 315 cars from Greece to Egypt. The company has shipped this brand new cars in two lots via Thessaloniki port.

CSS arranged the offloading from trucks, temporary storage within Thessaloniki port Free Zone, transit formalities, loading on a car carrier vessel by private gang and the issuance of shipping documents.