CMA CGM is a worldwide company, present on five continents and in over 400 ports. Our lines and motherships service the largest ports, but without hubs we would not be able to offer such a wide range of services to our customers.
What is a hub?
A hub is a port whose strategic location means it can service smaller local ports of which there are many. CMA CGM 17,722 teu 398 metre-long vessels cannot call at every port: some are too small and not deep enough, or their equipment is not suitable – a hub therefore is like a meeting point for motherships and feeders. The latter are smaller tonnage vessels which ply a region, loading and discharging cargo at dozens of ports and “feeding” our giants of the seas such as the CMA CGM KERGUELEN.
So for example Port Klang, ideally located in South East Asia connects our major shipping routes (such as the FAL, CMA CGM largest shipping route) with ports in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. all of which are important export regions.
A hub’s mission is not just about local transfers however. They are vital too as the ideal location for transhipments between motherships. These interconnections between lines in effect generate new lines, further reinforcing our “global” presence on the world market.
And of course, with so many operations taking place on these sites (Port Klang, Malta, Khor Fakkan, Tangier, Kingston), they become logistics’ junctions, buffer zones, where empty containers can be stored ready for rapid dispatch to deficit regions.
More than just a platform, hubs are the very backbone of CMA CGM lines and services network.