The French shipping line CMA CGM is upgrading its services connecting the Middle East to East Africa, with effect from 17th August. Combining the previous Noura 1 and Noura 2 rotations, it will in future offer a single direct service with six ports of call in East Africa, offered through a fleet of five 2200 teu capacity vessels.
The new service will call at Khor Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Mogadishu, Longoni, Beira (every other rotation) and Port Victoria before returning to Khor Fakkan and Jebel Ali. Vessels will then sail back to Mogadishu, Longoni, Nacala (every other call) and Port Victoria.
Zanzibar, which was served previously on Noura 2 will be offered through a dedicated feeder service from Mombasa. According to CMA CGM this solution will improve Zanzibar transit times by 5 days and ensure greater reliability for the delivery of import cargo while reducing the operational constraints previously faced by calling here with large container vessels.
Benefits of the revamped East Africa operation include an improved weekly link to Mogadishu, and the assurance of a regular service to Beira and Nacala ports. Extensive intermodal coverage to landlocked countries from Mozambican ports will be offered, CMA CGM states.