Upon the signature on November 30th in Dunkirk of a partnership charter for the export of West Indian bananas, Rodolphe Saadé, Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, renewed the transport contract with UGPBAN until 2026 and reaffirmed the Group's commitment to the economic development of the French West Indies.
Delivery of 4 new ships for the French West Indies
In 2019, the CMA CGM Group will be provided with 4 ships dedicated to serving the French West Indies. The CMA CGM Fort de France, delivered in January, will be the first of an order for four container ships that will fly the French flag. Each of them will be able to carry 3,300 TEUs (Equivalent twenty feet) and will have 850 plugs to connect the refrigerated containers ("Reefer") allowing the transport of bananas in optimal conservation conditions.
This modernized fleet of ships will maintain the quality, reliability and regularity of the CMA CGM service between the West Indies and Europe and further reduce its ecological footprint.
CMA CGM, a major player in the Grand Dunkirk Seaport
The CMA CGM Group is a reference player at the Grand Dunkirk Seaport, where West Indian bananas are unloaded. As a 91% shareholder in the Flanders Terminal, the Group operates six services linking Dunkirk to Asia, the Middle East, West Africa and the Mediterranean, representing more than 450 stopovers per year.