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Following the aground incident in the Suez Canal, CMA CGM Group is thoroughly monitoring the situation in close contact with its local teams and the Suez Canal’s authorities. According to the information, no injury, damage to cargo or pollution was reported. However, many vessels are currently waiting for passage through Suez Canal.

On Friday 26th March, 2021 2 CMA CGM Group vessels were queuing in Suez Canal, waiting to enter the passage with 4 more Group vessels were expected.

Update on Saturday 27th March, 2021 –

Update on Monday 29th March, 2021 –

To mitigate the impact of the incident on the shipments, the CMA CGM Group has decided to divert some vessels around the Cape of Good Hope.

Tuesday 30th March, 2021 – The CMA CGM Group is pleased that the action plan implemented by the Suez Canal authorities with the salvage company has proven successful. The first convoy to cross the Canal started to move, and ships that were waiting inside Great Bitter Lake transited during yesterday’s night. At this time, vessel CMA CGM CHAMPS ELYSEES is currently transiting, and vessel APL CHANGI is expected to start transit this evening. The capacity of a daily convoy is estimated at 80 transit per day (in and out), but it may change depending on further development.

The Group will continue to monitor and inform its clients on the actions implemented to allow for a speedy resumption of traffic in the Canal and a complete return to normal operational conditions. Recovery action plan will be implemented and relayed to customers as soon as ships will have resumed normal passage.

Queuing vessels

Please see below the list of CMA CGM and partner vessels currently impacted:

Wednesday 31st March, 2021 – CMA CGM Group expect that Southbound backlog will be cleared by Thursday April 1st, and Northbound backlog by Friday, April 2nd.

Last Update on Thursday 1st April, 2021 –

All images are of the 2012 South Korean built 396 metre long CMA CGM MARCO POLO underway offshore Sicily back to 10th June 2016.

Latest Update on Friday (Good Friday) 2nd April, 2021 –

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