CMA CGM took delivery on Monday morning in South Korea of the CMA CGM Corte Real, a very large container ship with a capacity of 13,830 20-foot equivalent units that is the third in a series of eight vessels of this size named after the great explorers.
The new ship, which was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, will join the CMA CGM Christophe Colomb and the CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci on the FAL 5 service (French Asia Line) between Asia and North Europe.
The CMA CGM Corte Real, which is 1,270 feet long, 168 feet wide and has a draft of 51 feet, is the largest vessel to date to sail under the flag of the UK. The Marseilles-based company said it flies the flag of the UK as part of the white list of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control, which provides a guarantee of safety, security and environmental protection.
CMA CGM said the large capacity of the ships it is deploying on its FAL 5 service allows it to meet the growing volume on this market that has been showing a strong recovery over recent months, registering a 20 percent growth on the westbound leg between Asia and North Europe for the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period last year and a 9 percent growth eastbound.
The CMA CGM Corte Real will start its rotation on Aug. 17 in Ningbo before calling Shanghai, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Klang, Le Havre, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Port Klang and Singapore.