CMA CGM Adds Port to Weekly European Service

Shippers will soon have new direct weekly options to Europe from the Port of New Orleans. CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest container carrier, announced today it is adding the Port to its Victory Bridge Service. CMA CGM will launch the service Feb. 2 with the arrival of the CMA CGM Jamaica at the Port’s Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal.

“We are thrilled to have France-based CMA CGM add the Port of New Orleans to their Victory Bridge Service,” said Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange. “Shippers will now have greater options, which will further strengthen our connections to not only Europe, but also the Mediterranean, Africa, India Sub-Continent, Middle East and Red Sea.”

CMA CGM has called the Port of New Orleans since 2009 and operates its weekly Gulf Bridge Express to the Caribbean and South and Central American ports from New Orleans. CMA CGM is based in Marseilles, France, with its United States head office in Norfolk, Va.

“The arrival of CMA CGM to the Port of New Orleans is a testament both to New Orleans’ accelerating growth as a hub of international trade as well as the ability of the Port of New Orleans team to execute on projects that increase trade for Louisiana,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “GNO, Inc. is fortunate to have the Port of New Orleans as an economic development partner.”

The new weekly service will call New Orleans, Antwerp, Belgium; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Bremerhaven, Germany; and Veracruz and Altamira, Mexico.

“This exciting announcement is a significant win for global trade and economic development,” said Greg Rusovich, CEO of Transoceanic Trading and Development Company. “The Port and the region have the “hot hand” and companies across the globe recognize that we have established a premier business and trade gateway. CMA CGM is one of the largest, most vibrant ocean carriers in the world, and we are grateful for their support.”

Stevedore Ports America will work the new service’s cargo at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal.