A new partnership has been implemented since September 2019 between MSC and CMA CGM to operate a joint service linking the North West Continent and the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean and Australia on the southbound leg and Australia to Southeast Asia, India Subcontinent and Europe on the northbound leg.
The service is named differently, with Australia Express service named by MSC, and New North Europe Med Oceania (NEWMO) named by CMA.
The Australia Express service will operate with a fleet of 14 ships of 9500 TEU capacity, of which 9 will be provided by MSC.
The rotation will be: London Gateway – Rotterdam −Hamburg −Antwerp − Le Havre – Fos-sur-mer −La Spezia – Genoa − Gioia Tauro − Pointe des Galets – Port Louis – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide – Fremantle −Singapore – Colombo – Valencia − Sines − London Gateway.
The new service provides the fastest direct service from Europe to Australia. The direct fixed-day weekly service connectsEurope with Australia (Southbound); and Australia with Singapore, Port Kelang, India, Colombo and Europe (Northbound).
With spacing, there is significant reefer capacity (400-500 plugs). The service is fully fitted to carry Breakbulk and Out-of-gauge.
There are several connections from Australia, namely to South-East Asia, South India, North Africa and East Med. Southbound connections include from Ireland, Scandinavia, and East Med. origins
Schedules are regular for this service. Calls are at major CMA CGM transhipment ports: Damietta SB and NB, Port Kelang, and Malta NB, with weekly connections from Africa to Australia via Pointe des Galets with attractive transit times.
See the Transit times for this service below.
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