French shipping giant CMA CGM has reportedly signed a shipbuilding order with China State Shipbuilding Corporation for 16 large containerships valued at over $3 billion.
The order, which was reported by China state media, is being called the largest single-order for containerships ever placed in China.
The order comprises 12 15,000 TEU capacity ships powered by dual-fuel methanol and four 23,000 TEU capacity ships powered by dual-fuel LNG.
The 15,000 TEU ships will be built by Jiangnan Shipbuilding and Dalian Shipbuilding, both part of CSSC. They will measure 366-meters in length with a beam of 51 meters.
The 23,000 TEU ships will be built by CSSC shipyards and will measure 399.9-meters in length with a beam of 61.3 meters. The series of ships are believed to be the first in China built with dual-fuel methanol capability.
News of the order comes as French President Emmanuel Macron made a state visit to China to meet with China’s Xi Jinping.
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