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CMA-CGM begins Indonesia-U.S. West Coast direct service

CMA CGM Otello at IndonesiaJAKARTA: April 23, 2017. The CMA CGM 'Otello' has become the largest container vessel to call at the Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) at the start of its first direct service from Indonesia to the United States.

The 8,238-TEU vessel is deployed for the Java Sea Express (JAX) service and Pendulum Loop 1 (PE1) service by CMA CGM and APL respectively.

CMA CGM OTELLO is one of 17 vessels that will operate the weekly JAX or PE1 service with a 23-day transit time between Jakarta and Los Angeles.

The new service is the result of a collaboration between the Indonesia Port Corporation and CMA CGM that allows for the handling of very large box carriers at the JICT with its Post-Panamax cranes.

CMA CGM senior vice president Asia Jean-Yves Duval commented: "Indonesia is strategic to the developments of the CMA CGM Group in Southeast Asia. We are fully behind Indonesia's aspiration for a mega maritime network across the island nation and seek to exploit opportunities to make a meaningful contribution."

JICT is located in Tanjung Priok, Indonesia's largest container port and serves as the country's national hub port and a gateway to Jakarta and the industrial heartland of West Java. Owned by Hutchison Ports, JICT handles more than 2.2 million TEU per year.

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