CMA CGM takes delivery of new giant
French container shipping
company CMA CGM has announced the delivery in South Korea of the ‘CMA CGM Leo’. Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the ‘CMA CGM Leo’ is the fifth of a series of 12 vessels of 11,400TEU ordered by CMA CGM. All of them will be delivered between 2010 and 2011.
This new giant of the seas, registered in Valetta, Malta, will be one of the largest containerships sailing under Maltese flag. One other vessel to be delivered soon will also be registered in Malta, a European flag that is part of the white list of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port
State Control. CMA CGM has been present in Malta for many years and operates the Malta Freeport Terminal.
The ‘CMA CGM Leo’ has immense dimensions (360 metres long, 45 metres wide, and 15.5 metres draught)
and is one of the first vessels in the company to receive the new Bureau Veritas classification notations Clean Ship C and FORS.
The ‘CMA CGM Leo’ will join the ‘CMA CGM Christophe Colomb’ and ‘CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci’ on the FAL 5 (French Asia Line) service operated between Asia and Europe. This key market has been steadily growing for months and registered a 22 percent growth since the beginning of 2010.
The vessel will start its rotation on July 8 in Ningbo before calling on Shanghai, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Port
Klang, Le Havre, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Port
Klang and Singapore.
CMA CGM will also take delivery beginning of August of ‘CMA CGM Pegasus’, sister ship of ‘CMA CGM Leo’. The vessel will also be deployed on the FAL 5 service. (source: Baird Maritime)
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