Contecon Manzanillo, CMA CGM launch block train service


Contecon Manzanillo (CMSA), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) business unit operating the Specialized Container Terminal of the North Zone of the Port of Manzanillo, coordinated with CMA CGM and Grupo México the operation of the first block train for Walmart de Mexico.
The block train fully dedicated to CMA CGM transported a total of 216 containers – 202 of which were unloaded at Walmart’s terminal in Cuautitlàn. The operation is part of the French shipping company’s third block train service in Mexico and serves as another milestone for CMSA, which recently obtained certification as the country’s first carbon-neutral port.
“Through our collaboration and high-level connection with CMA CGM and Grupo México, we promote a new stage in the transport of cargo by train in Mexico. The service offers direct routes and takes 29 hours from point to point. This operation enabled us to cut 88.5 tons of carbon emissions and help the environment,” said José Antonio Contreras, Contecon Manzanillo chief executive officer.
Block trains can have a significant impact on container terminal operations in terms of efficiency, throughput, cost savings and carbon reduction. Compared to using trucks, trains can move more cargo in a single journey while producing less emissions.
“We proud of the successful launch of our third block train service here in Mexico from Manzanillo with the support of Contecon Manzanillo and Ferromex. We are focused on further reducing our carbon footprint and will continue to operate more block trains here In Mexico,” said Javier Moreira, CMA CGM General Manager – Mexico.