CMA CGM Group, a global leader in shipping and logistics, is well positioned to serve Qatar, whose maritime sector has been growing on a strong footing in view of the country’s strong macro economy and the trade linkages with the rest of the world, according to its top official.
This remark came after the group's 15,000-TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) containership CMA CGM Apollon recently called on Hamad Port, operated by QTerminals and located south of Doha in Umm Al-Houl area, becoming the largest vessel to call Hamad Port since the beginning of the year.
CMA CGM APOLLON is 366m long, 51m wide. The vessel joined the group’s fleet earlier in January and is currently on its maiden voyage. After Hamad Port, it will proceed to Dammam and Sohar before heading back to China.
"This is an important milestone for us as Qatar welcomes large vessels, and this ad hoc call reaffirms our group’s commitment to support and align with the growing market demand and needs of our customers... We look forward to welcoming more large ships calling Qatari ports soon," Axel Herzhauser, CMA CGM's regional director, Middle East Gulf, ISC, Indian Ocean Islands, Southern and Eastern Africa, told Gulf Times.
The French shipping major, which has been in the country for more than a decade, has 32 monthly calls with four direct services connecting Hamad Port to Far East, East Med region and Europe and four feeder services, connecting Hamad Port to main hubs of region, according to its website.
CIMEX 3 direct and reliable weekly service links Far East and Qatar and deploys seven vessels. Qingdao direct call was followed by Central China (Shanghai + Ningbo) and South China base port (Shekou).
CMA CGM Qatar uses four feeder services to connect Hamad Port to transshipment hubs Mundra, Nhava Sheva and Sohar, Shuwaikh allowing connection to any major port in the world.
Hamad Port – whose strategic geographical location offers opportunities to create cargo movement towards the upper Gulf, supporting countries such as Kuwait and Iraq, and south towards Oman – saw 117 ship calls in January 2022.
The recent annual Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index found Qatar top all the Gulf Co-operation Council countries for domestic logistics and is the seventh most competitive of the world’s leading emerging markets, a performance driven by its strong business conditions and digital readiness.
With the most advanced fleet of containerships, the CMA CGM is fully ready to meet the requirements of its customers in a constantly growing international trade environment, Herzhauser said.
The CMA CGM delivers end-to-end solutions to customers by relying on two solid pillars, shipping and logistics, which includes its subsidiary CEVA Logistics and the group’s air freight division, CMA CGM Air Cargo.
The group serves more than 420 ports around the world on five continents. Backed by a fleet of 545 vessels, the CMA CGM transported nearly 21mn TEU containers in 2020.
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