Tuesday, June 4, 2013

French Container Shipping Celebration as One of the World's Three Biggest Box Vessels Inaugurated

Marseille Hosts President Hollande as Giant Ship Sails Home
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – One of the three largest container ships in the world was officially inaugurated today by French President François Hollande in Marseille (June 4). The CMA CGM Jules Verne is the sister ship to the company’s Marco Polo and Alexander von Humboldt and can carry up to 16,000 twenty foot boxes between Asia and Northern Europe. The French shipping line now has a fleet in excess of four hundred vessels mostly employed in the carriage of freight around the globe.

The giant ship made an exceptional call at the French port where she was welcomed by thousands of local people and employees from CMA CGM’s Head Office. A company statement said that her inauguration was a fitting celebration to mark the 35th anniversary of a Group that was founded in Marseille by Jacques R. Saadé in 1978. The three ships lives as the largest afloat will be short lived when the first of the Maersk Triple E series of 18,000 + TEU vessels commences service later in the year.

From tomorrow (June 5) the CMA CGM Jules Verne, which has already called at Busan, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Yantian, Port Kelang, Suez and Malta, will continue her rotation to the ports of Tangier, Southampton, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, Malta, Suez, Khor Al Fakkan, Jebel Ali and Port Kelang before finishing her journey in Ningbo.