CMA CGM completes the acquisition of CEVA Logistics

The French shipping company CMA CGM has announced the completion of the tender offer to acquire the Dutch company CEVA Logistics, holding 97.89% of its outstanding shares. CMA CGM now has the capacity to supply all its customers around the world with a solution covering the entire supply chain, in particular LCL, airfreight, purchase order management, contract logistics and different customs clearance procedures.

“This successful transaction marks a major milestone in the history step of CMA CGM’s growth. With CEVA, CMA CGM has confirmed its position as a leading worldwide maritime transport and logistics group, supported by a team of 110,000 employees. We can now offer our customers a complete range of solutions that meet all their needs and set us apart from the competition, “ said Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group.

CMA CGM merges Containerships and MacAndrews into a new structure

French shipping company CMA CGM has announced the union of its Containerships and MacAndrews brands under the unique Containerships brand. This new alliance combines 26 maritime and 8 domestic services through a fleet of 32 vessels and 700 trucks. The new entity will be able to generate new synergies and focus on business development and improving customer services.
In addition, the integration of local agencies networks will allow for the creation of a tailored intra-regional service. Current CEO of MacAndrews, Claude Lebel is appointed as CEO of Containerships to promote the development of the new brand.
To reflect the integration of Containerships into the CMA-CGM group, a new logo has also been created.

Chantiers de l’Atlantique will build a giant liner for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The Norwegian-US based shipping company Royal Caribbean International, specializing in cruising fleets, has just ordered a new Oasis-class cruise ship from the French constructor Chantiers de l’Atlantique. The new ship, 362m long and capable of accommodating 2857 cabins, belongs to the category of the largest cruise ships ever built. It will normally be completed and delivered by fall 2023. The contract between the two parties is worth about 1.2 billion €.

Bolloré Transport & Logistics signs an agreement with Cosco Shipping Lines

On January 29, 2019, in Shanghai, the Chinese shipping company Cosco Shipping Lines and the transport and logistics division of the French group Bolloré signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding.
The two companies, partners for over 20 years, have the desire to develop their commercial relations while exploring new opportunities for cooperation in transport, logistics and port infrastructure.
“This new agreement signed with COSCO SHIPPING Lines is the result of our common desire to develop synergies between our businesses. It also illustrates our ambition to continue the
development of our international network by promoting cooperation with strategic partners, recognised for their excellence and performance,” said Cyrille Bolloré, CEO of Bolloré Transport & Logistics.

From left to right – COSCO SHIPPING Lines: Wang Kunhui (General Manager of Latin America/Africa Trade division), Tao Weidong (Deputy Managing Director), Chen Shuai (Deputy Managing Director), Wang Haimin (Managing Director) – Bolloré Transport & Logistics: Cyrille Bolloré (CEO), Philippe Labonne, (Deputy CEO), Michel Sibony (Head of Middle Office) et Sébastien Beuque (Shipping Director)

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.