CMA CGM said it took delivery of the CMA CGM Leo, the fifth in a series of 12 vessels that will be delivered between 2010 and 2011.
The new vessel will join the first two ships in this series, which includes the carrier’s flagship, the CMA CGM Christophe Colomb and the CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci, on the French carriers’ FAL 5 (French Asia Line) service between Asia and Europe.
CMA CGM said the volume on the FAL 5 service has grown by 22 percent since the beginning of the year.
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The vessel, with a capacity of 11,400 20-foot container equivalent units, will start its rotation on July 8 in Ningbo before calling Shanghai, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Klang, Le Havre, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Port Klang and Singapore.
CMA CGM said it will also take delivery beginning of August of CMA CGM Pegasus, a sister ship of CMA CGM Leo that will also be deployed on the FAL 5 service.
The CMA CGM Leo, which is registered in Valetta, will be one of the largest containerships sailing under Maltese flag.
The carrier said another vessel in the series of 11,400-TEU ships that is scheduled to be delivered soon will also be registered in Malta, where CMA CGM operates the Malta Freeport Terminal.
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