On this day of September 13th, the CMA CGM Group celebrates its 35 years of existence. 35 years of passion, shared by all the employees of the Group and Jacques Saadé. Discover the CMA CGM Magazine’s editorial for this unique year
In 2013, our Group is celebrating its 35th anniversary, an event that I am pleased to share with all of you. These 35 years have been an outstanding adventure that has led us to where we are today the world’s third largest shipping company, present on every continent and a pivotal player in the world of international trade.
We owe this success to a few proven methods. We set ourselves ambitious objectives and remained committed to meeting them; we maintained our family structure; we hired and continue to hire the best people; we invested in the resources we needed and currently operate a modern efficient fleet.
This success has been a collective endeavour, for which I would like to thank not only all of our employees, but also our customers, without whose support we would not be here today.
2013, our 35th year in business, has also been a highly eventful year for the Group. We consolidated our financial results and welcomed France’s strategic wealth fund, FSI, onboard. We also took delivery of the world’s second and third largest containerships, the CMA CGM ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT and our flagship, the CMA CGM JULES VERNE, which we inaugurated last June at a ceremony attended by the President of France, François Hollande. This was a valued recognition for our Group.
But 2013 is not over yet and we are continuing to build our future with as much passion, enthusiasm and determination as ever. We have just signed an operational agreement with the world’s two largest shipping companies, which will enable us to offer our customers premium quality service on the world’s most effi cient vessels. We are pursuing our capital expenditure programme with the order of six new 16,000-TEU ships, which will join the three already in service and the ten 9,200-TEU vessels already ordered.
This autumn, we are going to offer our customers a new e-business platform that will enable them to manage all of their bookings online and allow us to enhance this customer contact that makes us different from other shipping companies.
These 35 years have been just the first step in CMA CGM’s wonderful adventure, the symbol of our determination, and we will continue to advance with the same passion far into the future.
We are continuing to build our future, with as much passion, enthusiasm and determination as ever.
Jacques Saadé, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the CMA CGM Group
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