The CMA CGM Group has introduced a railroad service between the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium and a tri-modal hub in Duisburg, Germany. The carrier's fifth intermodal shuttle links the D3T Terminal at Duisburg with Zeebrugge's APMT terminal, timed to coincide with the arrival of vessels deployed on the CMA CGM Asia-Europe Services. It offers multiple connections to and from Duisburg, gateway to Rhine Valley markets, as well as any port in the Benelux region. CMA CGM's previous intermodal service links up with the CHZ Terminal at Zeebrugge four times a week. The carrier also announced a new ocean container service connecting Asia, Fiji Islands and New Zealand, effective July 18, 2011. Dubbed ANZEX, the weekly service will deploy seven ships of 1,800 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), with transit times of 17 days between Shanghai and Auckland, New Zealand, and 16 days between Tauranga, New Zealand and Port Kelang, Malaysia. On the equipment side, CMA CGM has acquired another 18,000 "eco-containers," bringing the carrier's fleet of that type to nearly 140,000 TEUs. The new boxes will include bamboo floors, reducing the use of hardwood from primary forests; high tensile steel walls; low energy-use motors to reduce electricity and fuel consumption, and a water-based paint which cuts down on volatile organic compound emissions by more than 90 percent.
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