CMA CGM launches additional feeder service from Hamburg
Dec. 3, 2009 - A new feeder service operated by the French shipping company CMA CGM has been operating between the Port of Hamburg and the Lithuanian port city of Klaipeda and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad since the middle of November.
The feeder vessel "ICE BIRD" calls at the container terminals in the Port of Hamburg on a weekly basis. The first departure of the "ICE BIRD" from Hamburg was as early as 18 November 2009.
The ship, chartered by the Bockstiegel shipping company based in Emden, is 129.7 metres long and 20.6 metres wide, with a carrying capacity of 698 TEU and 120 reefer connections. The ship has a deadweight tonnage of 8,210 tons, a draught of 7.40 metres and a service speed of 17 knots.
Thanks to its favourable geographical location and its outstanding infrastructure, the Port of Hamburg acts as a hub for traffic between overseas destinations and the Baltic Region. Cargo transport on this route is dominated by traffic from and to Russia. Sea-borne container traffic with Russian Baltic Sea ports amounted to 165,000 TEU for the first half of the year 2009, making the Russian Federation the third-most important trading partner for the Port of Hamburg in terms of sea-borne cargo transhipments. This means that the port of the river Elbe has the most densely structured network of feeder services to the Baltic Region.
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