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ESPOO, Finland: April 03, 2019. CMA CGM has combined its short-sea subsidiaries Containerships and MacAndrews under the single Containerships brand.

Containerships first LNG containership NordThe company operates a fleet of 32 vessels and 700 trucks, calling 64 ports through 26 maritime and eight inland services. Claude Lebel, current head of MacAndrews, has been appointed the new CEO following the resignation of the Containerships CEO Kari-Pekka Laaksonen who had held the position since January 2012.

Lebel had been CEO of MacAndrews since March 2018 after nearly 13 years in senior vice president roles with CMA CGM including Gulf Region, Freight Forwarding & Logistics, Asia Region, and Marketing & Sales – Global Accounts.

CMA CGM says the integration of the two companies’ local agencies networks will allow for the creation of a tailored intra-regional service.

“By joining two recognized and complementary intra-European experts, the CMA CGM Group will create and develop a multimodal transport intra-European leader,” declared Guillaume Lathelize, senior vice president – Short Sea Lines Med & North Europe.

Containerships provides door-to-door shortsea shipping and logistics solutions between Finland, Russia, the Baltic States, Continental Europe, the UK and Ireland as well as in the Mediterranean region between Turkey and North Africa.

Net sales in 2018 totalled €268 million.

Pictured: Containerships first LNG-powered vessel the 1,400 TEU M/S Nord. Three more sister ships are scheduled for delivery during the first half of 2019.

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