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CMA CGM changes transpacific trades with mega boxship redeployment

Having trialled out a mega boxship across the Pacific in the past three months, the French line CMA CGM is taking the plunge, announcing ambitious plans to deploy six 18,000 teu vessels on the transpacific, starting at the end of May.

The move is a massive change for the Asia-US tradelane, which up until December has not been served by the largest vessels afloat. For CMA CGM, the move redeploys vessels from money losing Asia-Europe routes to a more profitable tradelane, CMA CGM describing the transpacific in a release as “the most active and dynamic market”.

The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin became the largest ship ever to call in the US last December and was inaugurated on February 19 in Long Beach.

The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin will remain on the transpacific market with another five 18,000 teu vessels joining it on the Pearl River Express line.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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