The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, signed on Friday (Apr30) with CSSC Group an order for:

  • 6 LNG-powered containerships with a capacity of 13,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot equivalent unit),
  • 6 LNG-powered containerships with a capacity of 15,000 TEUs,
  • 10 VLSFO-powered containerships with a capacity of 5,500 TEUs

CMA CGM said on Friday the vessels are expected to join the group’s fleet between 2023 and 2024.

The spate of boxships ordered over the past months is seeing radical shifts in the global liner rankings. When including their orderbooks, CMA CGM is on schedule to reclaim third spot from China’s Cosco, while Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) is now on track to overhaul Maersk as the world’s largest liner.

It’s been a good month for the state-run CSSC as well, with MSC signing up for thirteen 16,000 teu boxships, valued in excess of $1.52bn, and Seaspan ordering a 15,500 teu sextet.