CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, has launched a new service offer called Turaf Express that directly links Turkey, Tunisia and Libya with the company’s hub in Malta.
It is the first CMA CGM line to offer a direct connection between Northern Turkey, which includes Istanbul, Gemlik and Aliaga, and the main Libyan ports of Misurata and El Khoms, developing intra-Mediterranean short sea line activity.
The company’s Malta transshipment connections are offered towards worldwide markets with other group’s services.
The Turaf Express service boasts the “best transit times on the market from Turkey to Tunisia and Libya, a strong asset particularly designed for the transportation of refrigerated goods”.
Since January 20, 2017, three 1,100 TEU-capacity vessels have been operating the following rotation: Istanbul (Ambarli), Gemlik, Aliaga, Malta, Misurata, El Khoms, Sousse, Malta, and Istanbul.
Cosco Shipping Ports signed an MoU with CMA Terminals Holding in Shanghai this month (January 2017) to strengthen global cooperation at all ports and prioritise those that are Ocean Alliance calls such as Malta.