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CMA CGM christens largest French-flagged containership

France’s shipping giant, CMA CGM Group, announced the christening of what it claimed is the world’s largest French-Flagged containership the 13,800-TEU CMA CGM Christophe Colomb at the Port of Le Havre.

The vessel is the first of a series of eight such ships named after great explorers, the company said.

The Christophe Colomb checks in at 1,198 feet in length, with beam of 167 feet, and a range of 27,962 miles, the company said.

The double-hulled ship’s green technology features a “fast oil recover system” andan electronic injection engine, reducing bunker
fuel and oil consumption, while enabling the ship to operate at “ecospeed,” the liner group said.

The CMA CGM Christophe Colomb is slated to eventually be deployed on the FAL 5 (French Asia Line) service on the Asia-Europe trade, calling at Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Le Havre, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, the company said.

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