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.

Christine Cabau Woehrel leaves her post as CEO of the Marseille Fos port authority

After having spent 5 years at the head of the Management Board of the port of Marseille Fos, Christine Cabau Woehrel will leave her position as CEO with effect from March 12,2019. She will then join the CMA-CGM shipping company, where she had already held several positions between 1987 and 2011, to become director of assets. The appointment of her replacement will take place in the coming weeks.


“During the past five years, thanks to her outstanding professional qualities and flawless dynamism, Christine Cabau Woehrel has implemented an ambitious development plan that has resulted in a diversification of activities, the creation of new traffics, a spectacular improvement of all the financial indicators and a decisive step towards the ecological transition, “ commented the Chairman of the Marseille Fos Supervisory Board, Jean-Marc Forneri.

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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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.

CMA-CGM commercialized Traxens, an innovative solution for container tracking

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.”

Memorandum of agreement between CMA CGM and Lekki port in Nigeria

The CMA CGM French groupe, one of the maritime transport leader worldwide, just signed a memorandum of agreement with Lekki port LFTZ Enterprise (LPLE) to operate the future container terminal of the Lekki port, planned upon completion in 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria. Through its subsidiary CMA Terminals, the company will be in charge of the marketing, operations and maintenance of the future Deep Sea port.