CMA CGM deploys two 15,000-TEU Vessels to call Japan


The CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land and air logistics solutions, received the arrival of CMA CGM ARGENTINA as its largest vessel to call at the Honmoku D4 terminal in Yokohama, Japan, on 15 January. The containership is one of two 15,000-TEU series that the Group has deployed on the weekly Asia Central South America 1 (ACSA1) service.

Hideki Uchida, President of CMA CGM Japan, said, “The CMA CGM Group’s 15,000-TEU series of vessels will stand as the largest regular service vessels to call Japan today. The introduction of the larger vessels on the ACSA1 service will accommodate more Yokohama-bound fresh produce on a single voyage. They are also part of our plans to grow inbound cargoes from Central and Southern America ahead. Importantly, they further equip us with capabilities to facilitate trade flows between Latin America and Asia.”

Two 15 000 TEU vessels to facilitate trade flows between Latin America and Asia

Arriving from central and south America, the vessel is now the largest containership to call a Japanese port on a regular service and has brought import shipments of fresh fruits from Ecuador and Guatemala as well as coffee and malt from Colombia and Mexico.

A trusted shipping service connecting the important Asia-Latin America trade corridor, the ACSA1 service makes a port stop at the Honmoku D4 terminal weekly. Operated by CMA CGM, the terminal has a total annual operating capacity of over 550,000 TEUs and contributes to about 15 % of Yokohama’s port throughput.

From Yokohama, CMA CGM ARGENTINA will head for Busan in Korea and Shekou in China to complete her westbound leg of the ACSA1 service. From Shekou, the eastbound lap of the service commences with the rotation of:

Shekou – Hong Kong – Kaohsiung – Ningbo – Shanghai – Busan – Manzanillo – Lazaro Gardens – Buenaventura – Callao – Posorja – Lazaro – Manzanillo – Yokohama – Busan – Shekou

Shinya Hitomi, President & CEO of Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation, said, “We, Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP), are proud that Yokohama port has been selected as a port of call for the CMA CGM Group’s 15,000-TEU class vessels. YKIP will continue improving its equipment and facilities to ensure that shipping lines are satisfied whenever their vessels
call the Port of Yokohama. Looking ahead, YKIP is currently proceeding with development works of the Honmoku Futo D5 container terminal.”

CMA CGM Group, supporting customers’ supply chains in Japan in BETTER WAYS

The CMA CGM Group has been operating for over 16 years with 3 branch offices and 1 terminal in Japan and a combined workforce of over 200 staff members. The group operates 20 weekly mainline services at 5 major gateway ports in the country, connecting major global destinations with a state-of-the-art intermodal network. In October 2022, the CMA CGM Group and Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation signed a Reservation Agreement for Honmokufuto D5 Terminal in the Port of Yokohama. By October 2026, CMA CGM’s current container terminal operations at D4 will be relocated to the new D5, a larger and more sustainable terminal backed by an infrastructure of near-zero emission rubber tyred gantry cranes, cold ironing and LNG bunkering facilities. The CMA CGM Group reiterates its commitment to supporting customers’ supply chains in Japan and developing BETTER WAYS to build a more efficient, resilient and sustainable global trade.

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