CMA CGM Christens Latest Megaship in Malta

CMA CGM Christens Latest Megaship in Malta

CMA CGM on Friday christened the latest in a series of super-large container ships, the CMA CGM Pegasus, in ceremonies at the Malta Freeport Terminal in the Port of Marsaxlokk.

The CMA CGM Pegasus, which has a capacity of 11,400 20-foot equivalent container units, is the largest containership to fly the Maltese flag and the seventh vessel the French shipping line has registered under the country’s flag.

Like its sister ships in the 10,000-TEU series, the CMA CGM Pegasus will be deployed on the line’s FAL-5 service from Asia to Europe.

By The Numbers: Asia-Europe Westbound Container Traffic.

CMA CGM owns and operates the Malta Freeport Terminal, where the ship was christened. With 10 ocean and 15 feeder services, up to 35 CMA CGM vessels call at Malta every week, making it the line’s main hub in the Western Mediterranean.

The French line, which signed a 65-year concession on the terminal in 2008, is in the middle of a major expansion project, including deepening the berth draft, extending the berths and acquiring more yard space.

-- Contact Peter T. Leach at pleach@joc.com.