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Shipping Line Upgrades Weekly Service

Thu April 22, 2010

CMA CGM, the world's 3rd largest container shipping company, has announced plans to upgrade to a weekly service at the Port of Halifax. This revised service will shorten the transit time for import and export containerized cargo.

With this new configuration, the "BLACK PEARL " service will be able to offer a regular and competitive service with connections between the Caribbean’s transhipment port at Kingston and all the key markets in the Caribbean, Central America, East, West and North Coast of South America via the CMA CGM global service network. This service will include an additional vessel and will provide for greater connectivity to Latin America and to CMA-CGM's global network.

“This service means shorter inbound transit times for containerized cargo moving over the Port of Halifax and more frequent service for Canadian exporters to reach international markets,” said George Malec, Vice President of Business Development and Operations, Halifax Port Authority. “The wide range of ocean carriers calling at the Port of Halifax offer customers with cost effective and efficient connections to global markets and this upgraded service is good news for importers and exporters.”

This revised service cuts import transit times with cargo reaching its destination 3 to 5 days quicker. Outbound exports through the Port of Halifax will also be quicker, which improves the competitiveness of Canadian exports.

"Deployment of bigger capacity vessels on this service will help CMA CGM to achieve economies of scale adapted to the present situation and to strengthen the Group’s offer with a weekly solution on this expanding axis" said Nicole Chamard, Line Manager Caribbean and South America for CMA CGM.

This service will take effect on May 7th when a second vessel, Stadt Berlin, with a capacity of 1,100 TEU enters service in New York. This upgrade will see CMA CGM deploy two 1,000- TEU vessels with the following port rotation: New York, Halifax, Kingston and back to New York.

Container handling services for CMA CGM vessels are provided by Halterm Container Terminal Limited.

For further information contact:
Michele Peveril
Halifax Port Authority

(902)426-1060

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