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First load for CMA-CGM/Brittany venture

[ January 12, 2022   //   ]

Brittany Ferries has moved its first container for CMA CGM following the signing of a partnership between the deepsea line and ro ro operator last September. The containers were lifted onto chassis and loaded aboard Brittany Ferries’ Cotentin in the port of Le Havre for shipment to Portsmouth on 12 January.

CMA CGM announced a €25 million investment in Brittany Ferries, including €10 million in quasi-equity to support the ferry operator’s post-Covid-19 recovery and with a representative of the Group joining Brittany Ferries’ supervisory board.
The deal allows CMA CGM to use cargo space on board Brittany Ferries’ services to the UK, Ireland and the Iberian Peninsula and expand its offering in the ro ro sector.

Brittany Ferries chief executive Christophe Mathieu, said: “This is an important moment in our partnership with one of the world’s biggest shipping and logistics companies. We know that we must adapt to market trends and customer demand in order to prove our strength in a competitive market. This is therefore a welcome milestone and highlights the mutual benefits of working together.”

CMA CGM’s central director for short sea routes, Mathieu Girardin, added: “This first shipment demonstrates the dynamism of our commercial partnership with Brittany Ferries, and is a major step as we build our multimodal service linking France, the UK, Ireland and Spain. CMA CGM Group continues to implement innovative and agile solutions to meet the needs of its customers.”