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New Caribbean call for London Gateway

[ December 22, 2016   //   ]

The joint CMA CGM-Hapag Lloyd European Caribbean Service is to call at DP World London Gateway, its first ever UK port, from 6 January.

Dedicated to reefer transport, the service will provide one of the shortest transit times between Central America and North Europe and also connects the UK with the whole of the Caribbean region through CMA CGM’s strategic hub in Kingston, Jamaica.

The rotation will be: Puerto Limon, Kingston, Rotterdam, London Gateway, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Caucedo, Kingston, Santo Tomas de Castilla, Puerto Cortes and

Puerto Limon.

The service is operated by five 2,300teu CMA CGM vessels and one Hapag–Lloyd ship.

CMA CGM already uses London Gateway for its NEMO service, linking Oceania, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, which began calling at the port recently while the EUROSAL service – connecting the west coast of South America and Northern Europe – will be upgraded to significantly larger, high reefer capacity vessels of almost 10,000teu.

DP World London Gateway’s head of port commercial, James Leeson, said: “The start of the improved ECS weekly service will broaden the Port’s trade route offering and also provide shippers with a highly competitive transit option between the UK and important

Central America markets.

“Vessels calling here receive a superior temperature controlled container service. The Port has almost 1700 reefer plugs, a cassette and translifter system that enables containers to be moved around the terminal more efficiently and world-class inspection facilities.”

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