International demand for lobster is on the rise, with 2015 exports valued at over $2.0 billion.
Shipping giant CMA CGM is leading a new era of container shipping
for the Port of Halifax that benefits customers around the globe. CMA CGM has
chosen Halifax to launch Aquaviva, an innovative container that ships live
lobsters in their natural seawater environment.
"We know there is market demand for live shellfish,” said
Bethany Dunnet, Account Executive – Atlantic Region with CMA CGM Canada. “The Aquaviva container’s
rock and hole system mimics the lobster’s natural habitat to preserve the high
quality of Canadian lobster brand. It’s like taking the lobster right out of
One Aquaviva container can hold approximately 2,300
live lobsters which is about three tonnes of product. The container’s filtration
system and technology was developed in partnership with EMYG, a specialized
company also based in France.
According to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, international
demand for lobster is on the rise, with 2015 exports valued at over $2.0 billion.
In particular, there is increasing demand for Canadian lobster in Asia and this
is where CMA CGM sees more opportunity.
CMA CGM is moving full steam ahead with its Asia-focused
Ocean Alliance. Considered the world’s largest shipping alliance, this mega
consortium includes CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and OOSC
Orient Overseas Container Line. Its combined fleet of 350 container vessels
operates a network of 41 services and offers unparalleled global coverage. The
Ocean Alliance AWE3 service will begin calling on Halifax in April 2017,
linking North America’s east coast with major Asian ports of Hong Kong, Cai Mep
in Vietnam, Singapore and Port Kelang in Malaysia.
“Halifax is geographically well positioned for major lanes,”
continued Ms. Dunnet. “The Ocean Alliance allows us to offer more direct calls,
with better transit times, and help our customers with greater speed and
Outside of the alliance CMA CGM currently provides three
weekly services to Halifax, the Saint Laurent Service, Bengal Bay Express and
the Columbus Suez Service. Through its Columbus Suez service, CMA CGM was the
first to offer direct import/export service between Canada, South China and
Malaysia. This service also ushered in the big ship era for Halifax, deploying
some of the largest container ships on North America’s east coast, including
the CMA CGM Tage with a capacity of 9,365 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).
“The Port of Halifax has the capacity, water depth, and
infrastructure to accept our larger vessels,” said Ms. Dunnet.
Halifax is ready to welcome “ultra large” container ships
topping 10,000 TEUs, having invested $250 million in infrastructure. This
investment includes deepening to 55 feet the capacity of the two container
terminals and adding several post-Panamax cranes.
CMA CGM plans to continue to work with the Halifax Gateway
and partners to offer unique shipping solutions to increase global connectivity
for its customers.
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