Continuing its mega vessel induction spree, the CMA CGM Group has now announced the delivery in South Korea of the 11,400-TEU CMA CGM Leo, according to Exim News Service.
Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyards, it is the fifth of a series of 12 vessels of 11,400-TEU each ordered by the Group that will be delivered between 2010 and 2011.
This new giant of the seas, registered in Valetta, will be one of the largest containerships sailing under the Maltese flag.
One other vessel of the Group, to be delivered soon, will also be registered in Malta, a European flag which is part of the white list of the ‘Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control’, a guarantee of safety, security and environmental protection.
The Group has been present in Malta for many years and operates the Malta Freeport Terminal.
The Leo has impressive dimensions (360 m long, 45 m large, 15.5 m draught) and is one of the first vessels of the Group to receive the new Bureau Veritas classification notations Clean Ship C and FORS. These notations confirm the environmental performance of the vessel which is equipped with innovative environment-friendly features such as:
* An electronically controlled engine, reducing oil and fuel consumption, thus enabling the vessel to be operated at eco-speed.
* The pioneering Fast Oil Recovery System.
* A leading-edge rudder and an optimised hull design improving the vessel’s hydrodynamics, thus reducing its carbon emissions.
The Leo will join the CMA CGM Christophe Colomb and the Amerigo Vespucci on the French Asia Line (FAL) 5 service operated between Asia and Europe. This key market has been steadily growing for months and registered a 22 per cent growth since the beginning of the year.
The Group will also take delivery in the beginning of August, of the CMA CGM Pegasus, the sister ship of the CMA CGM Leo. This vessel will also be deployed on the FAL 5 service.
"CMA CGM has invested in a modern and competitive fleet, being both efficient and environmental-friendly. The delivery of CMA CGM Leo and Pegasus will allow CMA CGM Group to meet the steady customer demand and strengthens its leading position on the Asia-Europe market while taking into account environmental stakes according to the Group’s commitments and values", explained Mr Nicolas Sartini, the Group’s Senior Vice-President, Asia/Europe Lines.