Welcome Marius!

The Marius (ex Nordmaple) has just joined our company fleet today, during its commercial call at Dunkirk. The “closing”, decisive and final stage of the purchase, marked the transfer of ownership to Marfret at 11:00 am.

Marius, a name dear to the people of Marseille [1], means “of the sea“. It is also an abbreviation of ‘’Marfret is useful’’.

This geared vessel can carry up to 2500 teu and features 750 reefer plugs. Its specifications are a perfect match, in terms of capacity and performance, for the needs of our NASP line on which it is deployed. This weekly fixed day service serves Northern Europe, the East Coast of the United States and the Pacific. It is the only direct service in the market between Europe and Papeete and Noumea, as well as between New Zealand and Europe.

The acquisition of the Marius is part of our strategy to constantly improve our CO2 emission ratios per tonne transported. The vessel, built in 2018, is equipped with the latest-generation fuel-injected engine guaranteeing excellent performance in terms of fuel consumption.

[1] Marius, a sailor from Marseille, is a famous character in the works of the French author Marcel Pagnol. Marfret, a French liner shipping company, has been headquartered in Marseille since its creation in 1951.

New 40’HC dry containers within sight!

Marfret is again expanding its fleet of containers with 200 brand new 40’ high-cube dry units. Fresh from the construction factories, the containers have left Asia and are on their way to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. They will be available for bookings in the very first days of May.
A highly sought-after commodity at the moment, 40’ HCs provide an increased load capacity of between 10 and 15% over standard containers due to their extra 30cm in height.
With this new order, Marfret is reassuring customers that there is availability on the market and demonstrating the company’s ability to accompany its customers in their growth.
For a number of years, Marfret’s logistics department has continued to order containers in order to keep up with demand and provide recent equipment. In 2020, Marfret already increased its fleet of 40’HC dry by 10% and invested in 550 new reefer containers.

Intensified container delivery schedule avoids risk of shortage

While world trade is being hampered by a scarcity of dry and reefer containers, Marfret has been able to avoid the turbulence affecting the shipping industry. For a number of years, Marfret’s logistics department has continued to order containers in order to keep up with demand and provide recent equipment. In fact a new order of 240 40-foot high cube containers is currently under way, with delivery due this spring.

Containers in stock at Marfret and available to exporters and forwarders: such a rare thing in these times deserves to be trumpeted!

The disorganisation and scarcity of capacity worldwide began in December 2019. At the time, China was massively importing pork, which was upsetting the balance in refrigerated container traffics. When the pandemic broke out, thousands of empty reefer containers ended up being blocked at Shanghai’s terminals for many weeks. The problem rapidly spread to the dry fleet: by reducing workforce availability, the Covid-19 virus caused a slowdown along the entire supply chain, with containers being stranded in Europe and especially the United States, resulting in a shortage of containers for export cargo in Asia.

“Each year since 2017, we have been expanding our fleet. In 2020, we added another 550 new reefer containers and we are continuing to invest in the future. We have both standard and special containers. Marfret is not affected by the current situation since we are not in the Asian market and we operate in a closed circuit, which means the fleet does not become dispersed,” explains Marfret’s managing director Guillaume Vidil. 

It’s a difficult period from which the company has managed to profit by attracting new customers. “It was down to forward planning. Thanks to our good relations with the leasing companies, 40’ high cube containers in production were channelled to the Mediterranean. We increased our fleet of 40’ high cube dry containers by 10%,” says Gilles Gallinaro, head of the logistics department at Marfret.

A highly sought-after commodity at the moment, 40’ HCs provide an increased load capacity of between 10 and 15% over standard containers due to their extra 30cm in height. “Rotation frequency for boxes in Europe and the Mediterranean needs to be increased,” adds Gallinaro, who relies on around a hundred depots worldwide, both in ports and at inland terminals, for receiving returned containers and getting them back out to customers as quickly as possible.