CMA CGM places bold boxship order

Image: CMA CGM.
Image: CMA CGM.

French boxship giant, CMA CGM, places order for 22 boxships worth almost $2.3bn with China State Shipbuilding Corp


CMA CGM has placed an order for 22 new containership with the China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC). CSSC says the order will be shared by three state-owned shipyards and will involve 12 dual-fuel neo-panamax and 10 panamax vessels.

“This order aims at accommodating market growth,” the Marseilles-based liner giant said.

CSSC said Jiangnan Shipyard will build six 15,000-teu vessels for CMA CGM and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding will construct six 13,000-teu ships for the order. None of the 22 ships are optional vessels, shipbuilding sources told Trade Winds.

CSSC also said its Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry will build 10 smaller, 5,500-teu newbuildings that will run on very low sulphur fuel oil.

“The 10 ships were supposed to be equally split between Yangzijiang Shipbuilding and Qingdao Beihai, but CMA CGM decided to have all the vessels built by Qingdao Beihai as it was offered a special price by CSSC,” said a shipbuilding source.

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