CMA CGM Explains How to Build an Ultra-Large Containership [VIDEO]

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With a length of 1,305 ft. (398m), a width of 177 ft. (54m) and the capacity to carry 17,722 twenty-foot containers, the CMA CGM KERGUELEN is CMA CGM Group’s largest containership.

Ludovic Gérard, New building Vice-President at CMA CGM, says the construction is broken down into 5 primary phases:

  • Design and Drawings Validation
  • Construction
  • Steel Cutting
  • Keel Laying
  • Launching
  • and Delivery

Watch the following video for a full overview of how this vessel was built at Samsung Heavy Industries:

CMA CGM says the KERGUELEN is equipped with the latest environmental technologies including a MAN B&W 11S90ME-C9.2 engine of the latest generation, a twisted leading edge rudder with bulb and an optimized hull design.

These innovations decrease the vessel’s CO2 emissions by 10% compared to vessels of the previous generation with an estimated emission of 37 grams of CO2/km per container.

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She is the first of the series of 6 vessels of the same size that will be delivered to CMA CGM in 2015.  She is named after the 18th century French navigator Yves Joseph de Kerguelen de Trémarec, who discovered the archipelago in the Southern Ocean.