CMA CGM signs contract for the construction of 22 new container ships in China
The delivery of ships is expected in 2023-2024.
CMA CGM Group announced that it has signed a contract with the Chinese shipbuilding corporation CSSC Group for the supply of 22 new container ships, The Splash reports.
The order includes 12 container ships operating on LNG fuel: six vessels with a capacity of 13 thousand TEU and another six 15 thousand TEU, as well as 10 container ships for low-sulfur fuel VLSFO with a capacity of 5.5 thousand TEU.
Splash notes that April turned out to be a very successful month for CSSC: MSC ordered 12 16,000 vessels from the corporation for more than $ 1.5 billion, Seaspan signed a contract for six vessels with a capacity of 15.5 thousand TEU each.
If we add current order books to the total capacity of the operating fleet of lines, CMA CGM is preparing to oust China's Cosco from third place, and MSC to become the world's largest line instead of Maersk. However, if we count only its own fleet without chartered ships, Maersk remains No. 1, while Cosco immediately comes into second place, TASS reports.