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The container line and the reefer specialist are to combine their respective PAD and Meridian services to create a weekly service linking Northern Europe, the East Coast of the United States, Central America, the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and the Caribbean.

According to CMA CGM, the rotation will be: Zeebrugge, London Gateway, Rotterdam, Dunkerque, Le Havre, New York, Savannah, Kingston, Cartagena, Papeete, Noumea, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Nelson, Napier, Tauranga, Pisco, Paita, Kingston, Philadelphia, Zeebrugge.

CMA CGM says the move will provide the only fast, direct, dedicated reefer service from New Zealand to the United States and Europe, and it will improve the supply of transport between Australia and the United States.

Thirteen vessels with a nominal capacity between 2200 and 2500 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) will be deployed on the new line (6 CMA CGM, 6 SEATRADE and 1 MARFRET).

The new service is scheduled to launch in October, subject to approval by the relevant authorities.

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