Containerships CMA CGM Loire and CMA CGM Ural were delivered to the CMA CGM Group on February 5 and entered the fleet on February 13 and 14, respectively, marking the arrival of the fifth and sixth vessels of the 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs series to be delivered through the third quarter of 2016.
The CMA CGM Danube, CMA CGM Elbe, CMA CGM Litani and CMA CGM Tigris are the first of this 28 vessel series named after rivers around the world, that started to be delivered on June, 30 2014.
Sailing under the Malta flag and chartered vessels, the CMA CGM Loire and CMA CGM Ural were respectively built in the Chinese shipyards DSIC (Dalian, PRC) and NTS (New Times Shipbuildings, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China).
The CMA CGM Loire has a nominal capacity of 9,365 TEUs and the CMA CGM Ural a 10,622 TEUs capacity. At 300m in length and 48m in width, they were designed to offer a maximal loading capacity while respecting the technical constraints of the Bosphorus Strait. With a capacity of 1,458 reefer plugs 40’, which is the largest so far on such a ship, the vessels of this series embody the group’s ambition to be a leader in this growing market, CMA CGM said.
Since February 13, The CMA CGM Loire has been positioned on the Bosphorus Express (BEX), where the CMA CGM Danube, CMA CGM Elbe and CMA CGM Litani have already been placed. She will call Dalian, Tianjin, Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Izmit, Istambul Ambarli, Constanza, Odessa, Ilyichevsk, Port Said, Port Kelang, Singapore and Dalian.
On February 14, the CMA CGM Ural joined the Mediterranean Club Express (MEX). She will call Shanghai, Ningbao, Yantian, Chiwan, Port Kelang, Malta, Valencia, Barcelona, Fos sur Mer, Malta, Salalah, Port Kelang, Xiamen and Shanghai.
The CMA CGM Loire and CMA CGM Ural are equipped with environmental technologies to reduce C02 emissions, as well as the group’s carbon footprint. More particularly, the ships are equipped with new bulbous bow shapes, improving the hydrodynamics of the vessel at a speed of 16 to 18 knots. Both ships also feature an electronically controlled long stroke engine with an exhaust gas bypass system offering the best in fuel consumption, a twisted leading edge rudder with bulb and a ballast water treatment system.