CMA CGM updates its India Middle East Gulf to East Africa services, to provide more effective transport for shippers and lower transit times. The changes in the Swahili Express service and Noura Express service will take effect on February 20 and will be upgraded with 2 direct port calls in India, as well as direct call in Mombasa. The improvement will be dedicated to Kenya and Tanzania markets, which will benefit from very fast transit times from India and United Arab Emirates. As part of the analyze of the service product flow, the calls at Longoni and Zanzibar will be discontinued, due to lower traffic.
The Swahili Express service will continue operating on weekly loop and will be served by 4 vessels with capacity up to 3,500 TEU. The port coverage of the service will be: Nhava Sheva – Mundra – Jebel Ali – Khor Fakkan – Mombasa – Dar Es Salaam – Nhava Sheva. It will improve the transit times, as Mombasa will be reached from Mundra in 12 days, while Dar Es Salaam will be reached in 14 days.
Noura Express service will be operated by 5 vessels with maximum capacity of 2,200 TEU. The port coverage will be: Khor Fakkan – Jebel Ali – Mogadishu – Longoni – Zanzibar – Port Victoria – Khor Fakkan. The transit time to Somalia will be improved to 4 days, while Mogadishu port will be reached in 7 days from Jebel Ali and in 17 days from Mundra.