Since January 2016, a Caribbean CMA CGM service makes a weekly call in Zeebrugge. The North Europe French West Indies (NEFWI) service mainly imports fruit from the Caribbean. Reefer vessel CMA CGM FORT SAINT LOUIS made its first call on January 19th 2016. In total, four CMA CGM vessels with a capacity of 2.260 TEU will be deployed, all equipped with 550 reefer plugs.
The port of Zeebrugge is the last European port call in the service. For the reefer cargo with destination Antwerp, a PortConnect nv barge service provides the connection between APMT Zeebrugge and Belgian New Fruit Wharf in Antwerp. Export cargo for Central America (to Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Suriname, Windwards, Leewards) is also handled in the port of Zeebrugge.
Consolidation of CMA CGM services at AMPT Zeebrugge Terminal
CMA CGM also announces that the FAL1 and FAL8 will be consolidated at the APMT Zeebrugge terminal. Lines loading and discharging there are CMA CGM, China Shipping, UASC, COSCO, EVERGREEN and HYUNDAI. Logistic calls with deep sea vessels (FEMEX) and feeders are made on a regular basis.
A short-sea service to Spain (Mac Andrews) is presently in the planning and might start at the end of the first quarter of 2016, CMA CGM declares.
“Port of Zeebrugge welcomes the consolidation and the new service of CMA CGM confirming its deepsea and shortsea container ambition in Zeebrugge”, says Joachim Coens, CEO Port of Zeebrugge.