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LONDON GATEWAY: September 27, 2017. The long-established 'Round-the-World' North Atlantic South Pacific (NASP) container service from Marfret and CMA- CGM will become a weekly frequency from November 23, 2017.

The reduction from 14 to 7 days is the result of a slot-sharing agreement between Marfret, CMA-CGM and Seatrade and will be the only service offering a weekly sailing from Europe to the Oceania region.

marfret 1The new 30,000 mile roundtrip service will operate 13 container ships with a capacity from 2200 to 2500 TEUs including 600 reefer plugs for perishables including meat, dairy products and fruits.

According to DP World, New Zealand lamb is one of the major commodities transported on the route and the CMA-CGM's Carelia will be the first vessel operating the rotation to call at DP World London Gateway.

"This joint service will improve the direct servicing of Papeete and Nouméa from the European ports from which consumer goods are exported and consolidates Marfret's position on the Australia/New Zealand – US and Europe route for agricultural produce, both reefer and dry," said Marfret managing director Bernard Vidil.

Marfret will provide one container ship with CMA-CGM and Seatrade adding six each for the 91-day rotation that includes Rotterdam, Dunkirk, Le Havre, New York, Savannah, Kingston, Cartagena, Papeete, Noumea, Sydney, Melbourne, Tauranga, Napier, Lyttelton, Manzanillo, Savannah, and Philadelphia.

James Leeson, head of Port Commercial, DP World London Gateway said the new service strengthens its partnership with CMA-CGM while increasing its customer portfolio with Marfret and Seatrade "becoming valuable new port customers".

Set up in 1995 and branded 'Round-the-World', the long-haul service included a share agreement in 1996 with CGM and again, two years later, with CMA-CGM and Contship. In 2002, a new round of consolidations allowed P&O, Hapag Lloyd, Hamburg Süd, CMA-CGM, Marfret and Contship to work together.

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