CMA CGM took delivery Thursday in South Korea of the CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci, the second of a series of eight large container ships named after the great explorers.
The ship, which has a nominal capacity of 13,830 20-foot equivalent container units, is the sister ship of the CMA CGM Christophe Colomb, which became the flagship of the French carrier’s container fleet when it was delivered at a South Korean shipyard last November.
The CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci, which was also in South Korea built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, is 1,198 feet long, 168 feet wide and has a 51 foot draft.
Like the Christophe Colomb, the Amerigo Vespucci is equipped with a combination of features designed to protect the environment, including:
--an electronically controlled engine that enables the ship to steam at slow speeds, reducing oil and fuel consumption;
-- a double hull that protects bunker tanks, in compliance with the MARPOL 12A regulation which will come into effect in August 2010;
-- a fast oil recovery system that enables bunker fuel to be rapidly recovered at any time, thus limiting the environmental consequences should there be a spill at sea.
The ship’s superstructure is in the front, which provides better visibility from the bridge and more room for containers.
The ship will be deployed on the French Asia Line service linking Asia to North Europe.
The vessel will join the FAL 5 service on July 31 on the following rotation: Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Klang, Le Havre, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Port Klang, Singapore and back to Ningbo.
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