Marfret is continuing its development in the Caribbean with the strengthening of its French West Indies line which geographical coverage has been extended to an “Intracar” loop from Central America to the French West Indies.
Following a successful launch of the new Medcar service, the French West Indies service is getting an upgrade with the deployment of six vessels capable of carrying 3,500 containers (replacing 4 x 2,200 TEUs units) including 850 reefer units each. These container ships are deployed on the following rotation: Dunkirk, London, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, Montoir, Pointe-à-Pitre, Fort-de-France, Moin, Cartagena, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre and Dunkirk.
The engineering of this new rotation contributes to supplying the French West Indies with Latin American fruits through an intra-Caribbean loop dedicated to refrigerated cargo. “In return from Costa Rica, we are six days from Martinique. Marfret also transports fresh products, fish and fruit from Colombia, Peru and Chile. The two weekly calls in the ports of Guadeloupe and Martinique are connected to the Marfret Ferrymar service, which also serves Saint-Martin,” says Guillaume Vidil, Managing Director of Marfret.
Another new feature is the rotation of Intracar and North West Indies services, which opens the doors to the British market. With London included in the itinerary, Marfret supplies a taste of Caribbean products to the British!
Marfret offers some of the best transit times on the market between Central America, the French West Indies and Northern Europe (and vice versa), linking Cartagena (Colombia) to Dunkirk in 14 days or Le Havre to Pointe-à-Pitre in just 11 days.
Marfret takes delivery of 424 reefer containers
“To meet the needs of our customers exporting sensitive goods, such as avocado and pineapple, we provide them with the latest generation of equipment and continue to invest in our reefer fleet, which we have just increased by 424 brand new 40′ high cube containers,” explains Guillaume Vidil. The boxes, delivered to Costa Rica, add to Marfret’s reefer fleet, which now stands at 7000 TEUs.