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CMA CGM Box Ship Sets Loaded Containers Record

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

April 8, 2021

(Photo: CMA CGM)

(Photo: CMA CGM)

French shipping company CMA CGM said its 23,000-TEU mega ship CMA CGM Jacques Saade has set a new world record for the highest number of full containers loaded on board a single vessel.

The ultra-large containership (ULCS)—the world's largest powered by by liquefied natural gas (LNG)—departed the port of Singapore on Thursday carrying 21,433 full (20-foot equivalent units (TEU) on board, besting its previous record of 20,723 set in October.

The vessel is currently en-route to Europe on the FAL 1 service, laden with containers of household goods, electronic items, machineries and personal protection equipment.

On the very same voyage, the vessel was also fueled with 6,801 cubic meters of LNG at the port of Singapore for the first time, making the 400-meter CMA CGM Jacques Saade the largest containership to conduct ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in Asia.

Built at CSSC’s shipyard in Shanghai, CMA CGM Jacques Saade is the first in a series of nine LNG-powered sister ships with capacity to hold 23,000 TEU. The vessels were ordered by CMA CGM in 2017. The group’s fleet of LNG containerships will grow to 32 by the end of 2022.

LNG fuel, which enables a 99% reduction in sulfur dioxide and fine particle emissions and an 85% reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions, is a key component of the CMA CGM Group's environmental ambitions. The group has previously outlined its objective to be carbon neutral by 2050.