Starting in mid-September, CMA CGM will introduce a dedicated weekly service connecting Turkey, Spain and France. It will be ensured by join- ing JSV Logistic on its recently launched ‘Med Turkey Express’ (MTX).
CMA CGM will market this service as ‘Turkey Med Express’ (TMX) and its contribution will allow to bring Valencia and Aliaga in the service rotation.
At the same time, CMA CGM will upgrade its status from a slot operator to a vessel provider on its existing ‘Marmara Express’ service, currently ensured through slots (since 2016) on the ‘ASA/West Med- Marmara Sea’ service, jointly operated by Arkas and Sealand Europe & Med (Maersk Group).
The French carrier will join the other two vessel operating partners by bringing in the 2,755 teu MAXIMOS A. in early September.
The ‘Marmara Express’ West Med port of call sequence will also be revised with Fos served straight after Turkey. Details as follows :
The ‘TMX’ / revised ‘MTX’ will call at Barcelona, Marseille, Istanbul- Yilport (Gebze), Istanbul-Ambarli, Aliaga (Nemrut Bay), Valencia, Bar- celona. The turnaround time will be extended from ten to 14 days with a weekly sailing frequency, using two ships of 700 – 800 teu. JSV will retain the 749 teu SPICA on the service, while the additional ship has yet to be named. The first effective sailing is scheduled on 18 September from Gebze.
The ‘Marmara Express’ will call at Fos, Valencia (TCV + Noatum), Castellon, Barcelona, Piraeus, Istanbul-Ambarli (Marport), Yarimca- Korfezi (DPW), Gemlik (Rodaport), Aliaga (Nemrut Bay), Fos. It will retain its three-week turnaround time, using three ships of 2,400- 2800 teu, with Arkas and Sealand E&M maintaining their two current ships, the 2,824 teu GISELE A. and the 2,478 teu MAERSK NEW- PORT, while CMA CGM will contribute the 2,755 teu MAXIMOS A. The first effective sailing is scheduled on 6 September from Fos.
According to CMA CGM, the ‘TMX’ will provide it with one of the quick- est transit times between Western Turkey and West Med (Spain and France) with a proforma schedule that offers less than four days transit from Aliaga, the last port of call in Turkey, to Valencia.
It also features strong intermodal connectivity across countries in Western Europe thanks to the Marseille call, which provides dedicated rail and barges connections.