On July 5th, CMA-CGM, a member of the Ocean Alliance, began its new Indiamed service to Mumbai with the arrival of the 5,009 teu capacity CMA CGM Virginia at APM Terminals Mumbai. The service, linking South Asia with ports in the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean, will operate with vessels provided by CMA-CGM, its APL subsidiary, and Chinese-based Alliance partner, COSCO.
The weekly service provides what is claimed to be the fastest transit time between India and hub ports in the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf, and will expand the CMA-CGM transshipment network through interconnecting with the Megem and Medes services that link the Middle East with the East and West Mediterranean respectively.
The service rotation for Indiamed includes calls at Khor Fakkan, in the UAE; Karachi, Pakistan; Nhava Sheva (Mumbai), and Mundra, in India; Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Damietta, Egypt; Piraeus, Greece; Malta; Aliaga and Mersin, in Turkey and Port Said West, Egypt.
Nhava Sheva, the busiest container port in northwest India, handled a record 4.5 million teu in 2016, with APM Terminals Mumbai accounting for 1.8 million teu, or 40% of the port’s total container volume. APM Terminals Mumbai is a joint venture between APM Terminals and the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR).