Feb 11, 2017: French container transportation and shipping company, CMA CGM is set to upgrade two weekly services connecting India Middle East Gulf to East Africa, starting from February 20, 2017.

The services are Swahili Express and Noura Express which have a combined fleet of nine vessels of up to 3,500 TEU, with twelve ports of call.

The Swahili Express service will be dedicated to Kenya and Tanzania markets with very fast transit times. Mombasa will be reached from Mundra in 12 days and Dar Es Salaam in 14 days.

Noura Express service will have an improved transit time to Somalia by 4 days. Mogadishu port will be reached in 7 days from Jebel Ali and in 17 days from Mundra.

As from M/V CHIEF at Nhava Sheva on February 24th, 2017, Swahili service will be operated with 4 vessels. Port coverage at origin will be upgraded with two port calls in India, while Longoni and Zanzibar ports are discontinued, according to CMA CGM.

The Swahili service will include the following ports: Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jebel Ali, Khor Fakkan, Mombasa, Dar Es Salaam, Nhava Sheva.


Furthermore, the Noura service will be operated with five 2,200 TEU containerships, starting with M/V Keta on February 20.

Longoni and Zanzibar port calls transferred from Swahili will be continued on Noura, while Port Victoria call remains unchanged.

Port rotation of the Noura service will be as follows: Khor Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Mogadishu, Longoni, Zanzibar, Port Victoria, Khor Fakkan.


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