CMA CGM and reefer specialist Seatrade are launching an alliance linking the Europe, the Americas, Pacific Islands and Australasia.

The French container line and Seatrade are combining their PAD and Meridian services in a vessel sharing agreement.

The service will link Northern Europe, the East Coast of the United States, Central America, the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and the Caribbean on a weekly basis.

CMA CGM and Seatrade will both be contributing six vessels to the service with one further vessel from Marfret. The 13 vessels will have a capacity of 2,200 – 2,500 teu with a minimum of 600 reefer slots.

The service is due to launch in October this year subject to relevant regulatory approvals.