CMA CGM and Marguisa Expand West Africa Container Service

Spanish Shipping Lines Introduce Freetown and Libreville Calls, Enhancing Regional Connectivity

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CMA CGM and Marguisa Shipping Lines (Sea & Ports) are set to expand their container shipping service between the Spanish ports of Valencia (CSP Iberian Valencia Terminal) and Algeciras (TTI Algeciras) and West Africa, with additional calls at the ports of Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Libreville (Gabon) commencing in May. This enhancement to the route will provide a weekly service utilizing container vessels with capacities ranging between 3,000 and 3,600 teus.

Of the six vessels operating this service, CMA CGM contributes five, with Marguisa participating through its vessel, the ‘Chopin’. According to statements shared by the Spanish shipping company on social media platforms, the incorporation of these two West African countries into their service network “will enable us to offer even more comprehensive coverage in this strategic region” for their operations. Furthermore, the expansion to include these two additional ports of call “represents a 30% increase in our service offering.”

Following the service adjustment, the rotation will commence in Valencia, proceeding to Tanger Med (Morocco), before linking up with Algeciras. Departing from the Andalusian port, vessels will continue their journey to Freetown (Sierra Leone), connecting subsequently with Lomé (Togo), Bata (Equatorial Guinea), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), Kribi (Cameroon), and Libreville (Gabon). From these ports, Marguisa will offer services to other destinations within the region, as well as connections to inland destinations in West Africa.

This expansion underscores the commitment of both CMA CGM and Marguisa to meet the growing demand for maritime transport services in the West African region, catering to the needs of industries reliant on efficient and reliable container shipping. The inclusion of Freetown and Libreville in the service network not only enhances accessibility to key markets but also strengthens the overall competitiveness and connectivity of the maritime trade routes between Spain and West Africa.

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