French shipper CMA CGM is launching a service directly connecting Morocco and Algeria to ports in the Black Sea to keep pace with an increase in trade in this region.
The company says introducing the Black Sea Med Express is part of its growth strategy in the Mediterranean and to better connect the major countries around the Black Sea like Turkey, Romania and the Ukraine to Algeria and Morocco.
CMA CGM says transit times between Constanta, Romania, and Casablanca is 16 days, Ambarli to Annaba in six days, Malta to Odessa, in four days and Izmir to Malta in two days.
The Malta stopover affects all of the world’s markets and “offers multiple opportunities for transshipment and intermodal transport thanks to efficient connections with other Group services”, according to CMA CGM.
The service will begin on August 21 in Malta with a fleet of four vessels with a capacity of 1,700 TEU (20ft equivalent units).