CMA CGM Inaugurates Its 20,600 TEU Giant

CMA CGM’s 20,600 TEU-containership, CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery, was inaugurated today in the Port of le Havre, France.

The giant boxship is the company’s new flagship and world’s biggest containership flying the French flag. It is also the ship with the longest name in the world.

The inauguration ceremony was led by the French Ministry of Economy Bruno Le Maire and French Minister of Transport Elisabeth Borne.

The colossal ship was delivered to CMA CGM in January this year and entered into service in February 2018 on the French Asia Line 1 (FAL 1 service), the longest sea route in the world which connects Asia to Northern Europe.

The ship is 400 meter long and 59 meter wide, which means that it is longer than four football fields and bigger than The Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower.

CMA CGM Antoine de saint Exupery
Image Courtesy: Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license

The ship features a ballast water treatment system, Becker Twisted Fin improving the propeller’s performance, and helping reduce energy consumption, as well as a new-generation engine that reduces oil consumption by around 25% and fuel consumption for a 3% average reduction of CO2 emissions, as explained by CMA CGM.

CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery is one of the three 20,600 TEU-containerships ordered en bloc from Hanjin Subic in 2015. One more ship from the series, CMA CGM Louis Bleriot remains to be delivered by the end of the year.

World Maritime News Staff;  Image Courtesy: Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license

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