CMA CGM is rumored to be on verge of placing a massive order for the construction of up to nine 22,000 TEU containerships, which if built would be the largest in the world.
According to several reports, South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries is competing with a shipyard in China for the contract to build the ships. Reports say the order, which could finalized in the new few weeks, will consist of six 22,000 TEU newbuildings with options for three additional vessels.
CMA CGM is not responding to request for comments about the rumors, but it is also not denying them.
Currently, the largest containership by TEU capacity is the 21,413 TEU OOCL Hong Kong. Upon its delivery in May, the vessel was the first to surpass the 21,000 TEU mark and only the third vessel to break 20,000 TEU.
In 2015, the CMA CGM took delivery of 6 new vessels of 18,000 TEU, the largest vessels in its fleet.