CMA CGM Takes Delivery of Largest Containership Ever Built In China

Mike Schuler
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July 27, 2015

CMA CGM Kerguelen, the first in a series of six ultra-large containerships for CMA CGM. Photo: CMA CGM


CMA CGM Group has announced the delivery of the ultra-large containership CMA CGM VASCO DE GAMA on Monday from China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

With an 18,000 TEU capacity and at 399 meters long, the vessel is among largest in the CMA CGM Group and the largest containership ever built in China.

The vessel is the third in a series of six 18,000 TEU ships for CMA CGM. Two additional 18,000 TUE vessels – CMA CGM ZHENG HE and CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN – are also under construction at CSSC shipyards and will be delivered on September and November, respectively.

CMA CGM VASCO DE GAMA will sail under the UK flag join CMA CGM’s French Asia Line (FAL) service, serving European, Middle East and Asian markets.

Delivery of the vessel follows delivery of CMA CGM GEORG FORSTER and CMA CGM KERGUELEN, the first two ships in the series, earlier this year.

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