MSC and CMA CGM join forces Down Under

Two of the world’s largest liners are joining forces to offer a unique Europe – Oceania service.

MSC and CMA CGM have announced the formation of a new vessel sharing agreement for the trade from Europe to the Indian Ocean and Australia.

From mid-September 2019, the carriers will operate a joint service which will return from Australia to Europe via Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.

With the launch of their joint service, CMA CGM and MSC will be the only carriers to offer direct services between Europe and Australia, according to Alphaliner. All the other main carriers serve Oceania via transhipment in Southeast Asia.

A fleet of 14 ships of about 9,500 teu will be deployed on the new service which replaces MSC’s Australia Express service and CMA CGM’s New North Europe Med Oceania service, which is jointly operated with Hapag-Lloyd.

The ships deployed on the new service will be the largest to call at Australia in the ongoing global supersizing of container shipping.

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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