CHINA’s Jiangnan Shipyard has launched the second out of five 15,000 TEU LNG-powered vessels the yard is building for French shipping giant CMA CGM, reports LNGPrime of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The shipbuilder recently hosted a launching ceremony for CMA CGM Kimberley. Jiangnan floated out the first vessel in this batch CMA CGM Patagonia in January.
Three LNG-powered sister ships, namely Everglade, Galapagos and Greenland, will join this duo by 2022, CMA CGM has previously said.
With a 366 metre length but also 51 metres in width, these containerships will be able to carry up to 15,254 TEU, including 1,800 reefers, according to the French shipping company. They will all sail under the French flag between Asia and the Mediterranean, serving CMA CGM’s Mediterranean Club Express (MEX) route.
In addition, France’s Total will fuel these ultra-large container ships at the port of Marseille-Fos and in Singapore.
CMA CGM and Total signed a 10-year bunkering deal back in 2019 for about 270,000 tonnes per year.