CMA CGM upgrades Gulfbridge and Hispaniola lines

The CMA CGM Group has announced plans to upgrade its Gulfbridge Line and its Hispaniola feeder services.

The Gulfbridge service connects ports around the Gulf of Mexico with calls in the US, Mexico South America and the Carribean. The improvements are designed to decrease transit times to Colombia.

The service’s rotation will run from New Orleans, US, with the 2,500 TEU vessel Frisia Loga. The vessel will then call ports in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as east and west South American calls through transhipment in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Hispaniola feeder service optimization adds to CMA CGM’s Caribbean islands coverage with greater call frequency. Under the plans the main ports of the region will receive weekly calls from the feeder service.

One 850 TEU and another 1,150 TEU capacity vessel will be placed on the following rotation for the service:

Kingston, Jamaica – Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Cap Haitian, Haiti – Philipsburg, Saint Marteen – Saint Johns, Antigua – Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe – Fort-de-France, Martinique – Roseau, Dominique – Camden Park, Saint-Vincent les Grenadines – Saint George, Grenada – Point Lisas, Trinidad & Tobago – Bridgetown, Barbados – Castries, Saint-Lucia – Kingston, Jamaica.

Jean-Yves Duval, CMA CGM Caribbean and Latin American Lines’ Vice President said, “The Caribbean is an area with a strong growth. The Panama Canal widening, expected to be completed in 2016, proves it and the arrival of larger vessels it implies a regional services adaptation need. Those improved services will be connected to our new Kingston hub, and will allow CMA CGM to continue improving its solutions for its clients, while dispensing one of the market’s best offers. Those services improvement are in line with the group’s regional development strategy”.