Agadir, Morocco (PortSEurope) November 19, 2017 – Director General of the French shipper CMA CGM, Rodolphe Saadé, has visited Agadir in Morocco to meet customer and employees, and has described the country as strategic for the company.
Saadé, who is part of the delegation led by the French Prime Minister visiting Morocco, taking part in the France-Morocco economic forum held in Sikhrat, said that CMA CGM employs 1,800 people, and its ships call at all major ports of the country with a volume of 220,000 TEU import/export. It is holds the number one position for transport reefer with 40,000 TEU, including six weekly services from Agadir and Casablanca, connections Morocco to Russia in nine days, trans-shipping 650,000 containers to Tangier Med and provides 24 shipping lines.
“The Kingdom of Morocco is a key country for CMA CGM”, he said before detailing the company’s development strategy based on the principles: customer relationship, maritime development, land and logistics with several acquisitions (Singôpourien APL, Mercosul in Brazil and Sofrana in the Pacific Islands), digital innovation but also on modernised ships and the use of LNG, a clean gas that reduces CO2 emissions by 25% and virtually eliminates all fine particle emissions.
“These ships will visit Tangiers and will be positioned between Asia and Europe,” added the general manager of CMA CGM before addressing the strategy followed in Morocco with the deployment this year of three new innovative services to strengthen the service offer and meet the needs of importers and exporters, making the Group’s African sales network available to Moroccan companies.
These strategic projects also include development in refrigerated transport and land and logistics activities, Saadé said.
Founded in 1978 in Marseille by French-Lebanese Jacques Saadé, the CMA CGM Group is a world leader in container shipping. It currently employs more than 29,000 people, and has a fleet of almost 540 boats.
Source: Maroc Diplomatique
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