Blue Bell ships project cargo on CMA CGM’s liner service
As space on multipurpose vessel continues to be constrained, Blue Bell Shipping turned to CMA CGM’s liner service to ship project cargo from Jebel Ali, UAE to Kurdistan. The freight forwarder’s project team delivered two crude oil stabiliser columns to Iraq.
The company’s sales manager Mukesh Nedungadi noted the company opted to ship the units as breakbulk on a CMA CGM liner service in order to mitigate the MPV space issues. The two columns, each weighing 59 tons and measuring 33 metres in length were first shipped to Iskenderun, Turkey. Subsequently, the units were trucked to Iraq.
In addition to the two columns, the company has packed the ancillary cargo into four 40ft flat racks and three general purpose containers and delivered altogether.
While the market has flipped completely recently with multipurpose vessels opting to ship containers due to high rates, CMA CGM has continued to provide space for project cargo and breakbulk on its vessels. Stéphane Berninet, head of CMA CGM’s project cargo division recently said it is part of CMA CGM’s diversification offerings to its customers, adding that heavy lift and oversized cargoes are still welcome on its vessels.
Earlier this year, CMA CGM performed the largest containerised project cargo in the Middle East waters. In partnership with DP World, the company handled and shipped four mega polyethylene reactors from the Jebel Ali port to Rotterdam. The cargo had an overall weight of 839 tons, with the largest weighting 227 tons, measuring 35 meters in length, 7 metres in height, and 7 metres in width.