Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Container Ship Design Has Expanded Space for Reefer Freight

French Purchase Offers More Environmental Advances
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – ASIA – Last week saw the maiden voyage of the CMA CGM Danube, the first of a series of 28 container ships with capacities ranging between 9,400 and 10,900 TEU. Sailing under the Maltese flag and under bareboat charter to CIMC, the Danube is the first ship of this class built at the Chinese construction site DSIC (Dalian PRC) and delivered to the CMA CGM group, with her sister ships to be delivered between now and the third quarter of 2016. At 300 metres long and 48 metres wide she is designed to offer maximum loading capacity while meeting the technical constraints necessitated by the Strait of Bosphorus, where which she is operating.

With a capacity of 1458 reefer plugs (40’), claimed as the most so far on such a ship, the CMA CGM Danube will offer direct service between Asia, Turkey and the Black Sea. As part of the Bosphorus Express service, the port rotation for the Danube will be as follows:

Dalian (China), Tianjin, Kwangyang (South Korea), Busan, Shanghai (China), Ningbo, Chiwan, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), Izmit (Turkey), Istanbul Ambarli, Constanza (Romania), Odessa (Ukraine), Ilyichevsk, Port Said (Egypt), Port Kelang (Malaysia), Singapore, and Dalian.

In line with the sustainable development policy of the Group, the vessel, and presumably her sister ships, is equipped with all the latest environmental technologies which significantly reduce emissions of CO2 gases, and thus the Group’s carbon footprint. More specifically, she is equipped with new bulbous bow shape improving the hydrodynamics of the vessel at a speed of 16 to 18 knots.

The CMA CGM Danube also has an electronically controlled long stroke engine with an exhaust gas bypass system offering the best in fuel consumption, a twisted leading edge rudder with bulb, and a ballast water treatment system, all of which combine to make this design one of the most up to date box carriers yet built.

Photo: The new ship slips away (courtesy of CMA CGM)