In a continued effort to provide increased reliability and quality services in a challenging environment, CMA CGM will reorganize its services connecting India Middle East Gulf to East Africa strategic markets.

Starting mid July 2016, NOURA EXPRESS and SWAHILI services new configuration will provide significant improvements: Positive developments for reefer cargo from Port Victoria direct to India and to Europe with a weekly frequency instead of fortnightly.

Improved service reliability to Mogadishu from Mundra with direct service in 18 days instead of in transhipment, very fast transit time from Jebel Ali to Port Victoria in 18 days.

NOURA EXPRESS service operated with 4 vessels of 2,200 TEU will stop Salalah call and add in its port coverage Mundra and Port Victoria. Effective m/v MARIE DELMAS voy. 1339WS Mundra ETA July 24th, 2016, and as from m/v CMA CGM LATOUR voy. 1299WS Port Victoria on July 31st, 2016.

NOURA EXPRESS service new port coverage will be the following: Mundra - Khor Fakkan - Jebel Ali - Mombasa - Mogadishu - Port Victoria - Mundra.

SWAHILI service operated with 6 vessels up to 2,700 TEU linking India Middle East Gulf to Tanzania will be revised in order to respond better to customers’ need for service punctuality.

Very challenging operation conditions in Zanzibar with heavy port congestion has negatively impacted our scheduling. To restore Swahili service reliability, Mundra and Port Victoria calls are transferred on to Noura Express which has sufficient buffer time.

SWAHILI service new port rotation is effective with m/v DELMAS KETA voy. 1192SS Nhava Sheva ETA July 21st, 2016, as follows: Nhava Sheva - Khor Fakkan - Jebel Ali - Longoni - Dar Es Salaam - Zanzibar - Nacala (fortnightly) - Nhava Sheva 


Cargo traffic through Kenya's biggest port, Mombasa, increased by 1.4 percent in the first half of this year compared with the same period last year, the port's managing director said on Monday. 

The Indian Ocean port serves as the main trade gateway for East Africa, handling fuel and consumer goods imports as well as exports of tea and coffee from landlocked nations like Uganda. 

Managing Director Catherine Mturi said cargo volume rose to 13.4 million tonnes from 13.2 million handled a year earlier. Total volume rose despite container traffic falling by 0.6 percent to 527,523 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) thanks to an increase in loose cargo not shipped by container such as grains and railway steel bars. 

"This is below the expected global average growth rate of four percent per annum, but with the expansion and improved efficiency currently, we should do much better by end of the year and beyond," Mturi said in the statement. 

Early this month Kenya inaugurated the first part of a new container terminal at the port, which is expected to boost capacity by 50 percent. 

The port's management says it has reduced the time it takes to evacuate a container from the port by a day to 4.3 days, and the time it takes to load and offload a ship to three days from 3.7 days previously. The east African nation plans to build a second port in Lamu, north of Mombasa, with a capacity of 23 million tonnes per year.