CMA to pull NZ Nemo service

CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping line, announced today it intended to withdraw the recently established weekly Nemo service from New Zealand at the beginning of August.

CMA cited rising costs as the reason for its decision.

In February, CMA announced plans to dump its Nemo service from Ports of Auckland and consolidate in the North Island on the Port of Tauranga.

Port of Tauranga (POT) said that in the short time the service had been calling in Tauranga, the volume of containers exchanged at the port had been far larger than originally predicted.

"We understand that CMA CGM expect to offer alternatives to current Nemo customers through the other services that they, and sister company ANL, currently hub through Tauranga and we do not expect any material impact on container throughput," POT said.

The decision in March by shipping heavyweights Hamburg Sud Trident and Maersk to merge their East Coast North America services cut ship visits to POT by 78 .

A year ago Maersk, the world's largest container line, decided to concentrate local services at Ports of Auckland, which it said it was using as a regional hub.

POT shares were unchanged on $6.85 today.

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