ANL’s parent, CMA CGM, recently announced an agreement by ANL to purchase the majority share of SOFRANA Unilines (SU), a key player in the Pacific Islands regional maritime trade.
SOFRANA Unilines – an expert of Oceania and Pacific Islands
SU operates directly or in partnership a fleet of 10 vessels on eight trade-lanes, servicing 21 ports in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific islands.
With successful operations in the South Pacific region for almost 50 years, SU will provide enhanced port coverage to ANL and CMA CGM in this area.
Strengthening of CMA CGM’s regional network
ANL already offers 16 trade lanes servicing major ports throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, North Asia, South East Asia, Indian Subcontinent and North America.
ANL’s extensive reach across Asia, ISC and North America coupled with SU’s in-depth knowledge of the Pacific islands will provide customers with a new level of service and routing options, all supported by the financial and operational strength of the CMA CGM Group.
SOFRANA ANL will join CMA CGM’s large portfolio of regional experts: OPDR and MacAndrews in Europe, CNC in Asia. In addition, CMA CGM announced in June its project to acquire Mercosul Line to build up its operations in Brazil.
The acquisition of SOFRANA Unilines is expected to be completed by the end of October.
ANL‘s Managing Director, John Lines said, “I have admired the Sofrana brand for many years for their extensive network right across the Pacific and the tailored approach to meeting their customers’ transport needs. We recognised that our coverage of the Pacific islands would benefit from a partnership with Sofrana which will provide a much enhanced port coverage.”
The association of Sofrana and ANL will reflect the shared vision of both shareholders to benefit customers by combining local and regional expertise with the strength of a global shipping group. This will be achieved by combining Sofrana’s South Pacific expertise together with the added value derived from additional routes and the wider scale of ANL and the CMA CGM Group.