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CMA CGM receives first 3,500 TEU ship for new West Indies trade

CMA CGM has received the first of four containerships dedicated to its new French West Indies fleet, the 3,500 TEU CMA CGM Fort De France.

The newbuild's length of 219 metres and carrying capacity are purpose-built to call at West Indies ports. The ship is equipped with 850 reefer plugs to transport in optimal condition perishables such as bananas, AJOT reported.

The group will take delivery of the three other sister ships over spring and summer. They will sail under the French flag and will be deployed in replacement of the existing "Forts" on the North Europe French West Indies line. This service links Europe and metropolitan France to Guadeloupe and Martinique, crossing the Atlantic Ocean in ten days.

In light of the priority given to the French West Indies region, the group also renewed last November its transport contract with the UGPBAN, an association of banana producers in Guadeloupe and Martinique, until 2026. The shipping line will consequently transport every year 270,000 tonnes of bananas from the French West Indies to Dunkerque, France.

Source: Schednet

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