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CMA CGM Deploys Two 15,000-TEU Vessels, the Largest Containerships to Call Japan on a Regular Service

Japan ( Thursday Jan 19, 2023 @ 12:07 PM Pacific —

The CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, and air logistics solutions, received the arrival of CMA CGM ARGENTINA as its largest vessel to call at the Honmoku D4 terminal in Yokohama, Japan on 15 January 2023. The containership is one of two 15,000-TEU series that the Group has deployed on the weekly Asia Central South America 1 (ACSA1) service.

Two 15,000 TEU vessels to facilitate trade flows between Latin American and Asia Arriving from central and south America, the vessel is now the largest containership to call a Japanese port on a regular service and has brought import shipments of fresh fruits from Ecuador and Guatemala as well as coffee and malt from Colombia and Mexico.

A trusted shipping service that connects the important Asia-Latin America trade corridor, the ACSA1 service makes a port stop at the Honmoku D4 terminal each week. Operated by CMA CGM, the terminal has a total annual operating capacity of over 550,000 TEUs and contributes to about 15 % of Yokohama's port throughput.

From Yokohama, CMA CGM ARGENTINA will head for Busan in Korea and Shekou in China to complete her westbound leg of the ACSA1 service. From Shekou, the eastbound lap of the service commences with the rotation of Shekou - Hong Kong – Kaohsiung – Ningbo – Shanghai – Busan – Manzanillo - Lazaro Gardens – Buenaventura – Callao – Posorja – Lazaro – Manzanillo – Yokohama – Busan - Shekou.

Hideki Uchida, President of CMA CGM Japan said “The CMA CGM Group’s 15,000-TEU series of vessels will stand as the largest regular service vessels to call Japan today. The introduction of the larger vessels on the ACSA1 service will not only accommodate more Yokohama-bound fresh produce on a single voyage, but they are also part of our plans to grow inbound cargoes from Central and Southern America ahead. Importantly, they equip us with more capabilities to further facilitate trade flows between Latin America and Asia.”

Shinya Hitomi, President & CEO, Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation said “We, Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP), are proud that Yokohama port has been selected as a port of call for the CMA CGM Group’s 15,000-TEU class vessels. YKIP will continue to improve its equipment and facilities to ensure that shipping lines are satisfied whenever their vessels call at the Port of Yokohama. Looking ahead, YKIP is currently proceeding with development works of the Honmoku Futo D5 container terminal.”

CMA CGM Group, supporting customers’ supply chains in Japan in BETTER WAYS

The CMA CGM Group has been operating for over 16 years with 3 branch offices and 1 terminal in Japan and a combined workforce of over 200 staff members. The group operates 20 weekly mainline services at 5 major gateway ports in the country, connecting major global destinations with a state-of-the-art intermodal network. In October 2022, the CMA CGM Group and Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation signed a Reservation Agreement for Honmokufuto D5 Terminal in Port of Yokohama. By October 2026, CMA CGM’s current container terminal operations at D4 will be relocated to the new D5, a larger and more sustainable terminal backed by an infrastructure of near-zero emission rubber tyred gantry cranes, cold ironing and LNG bunkering facilities. The CMA CGM Group reiterates its commitment to support customers’ supply chains in Japan and developing BETTER WAYS to build a more efficient, resilient, and sustainable global trade.


Led by Rodolphe Saadé, the CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air, and logistics solutions serves more than 420 ports around the world across 5 continents, with a fleet of 584 vessels. The Group transported 22 million TEU containers (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2021. With its subsidiary, CEVA Logistics, a global logistics player which transported 474,000 tons of air cargo and more than 21 million tons of inland freight, and its air cargo division CMA CGM AIR CARGO, the CMA CGM Group is constantly innovating to provide customers a comprehensive and increasingly efficient offering, thanks to new shipping, inland, air freight and logistics solutions. Set up in Japan in 2007, the CMA CGM Group currently employs over 200 staff members across 4 branch offices and 1 terminal. It currently offers 20 maritime services that make more than 66 port calls each week.

Firmly committed to the energy transition in shipping and a pioneer in its use of alternative fuels, the CMA CGM Group has set a Net Zero Carbon target for 2050.

Each year, via the CMA CGM Foundation, the Group supports thousands of children as part of its efforts to promote education for all and equal opportunities. The CMA CGM Foundation also intervenes in humanitarian crises requiring an emergency response by calling on the Group’s shipping and logistics expertise to deliver humanitarian supplies around the world.

Present in 160 countries through its network of more than 400 offices and 750 warehouses, the Group employs 150,000 people worldwide, including around 4,000 in Marseille where its head office is located.

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