CMA CGM orders four LNG-powered giants at Hudong-Zhonghua

French shipping giant CMA CGM has placed an order for four 23,000-teu LNG dual-fuel containerships at China’s Hudong-Zhonghua, according to shipbuilding sources.

The two firms signed the shipbuilding contract for the containerships on Friday, sources told LNG Prime.

LNG Prime reported in August, citing sources, that CMA CGM and Hudong-Zhonghua were close to signing the shipbuilding deal for these four new 23,000-teu LNG-powered ships.

Prior to that CMA CGM revealed orders for ten LNG dual-fuel containerships and six methanol-fueled vessels, but the firm did not disclose any additional details regarding the yards.

South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries won the order for the six 7,900 TEU LNG-fueled vessels, while China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry (DSIC), part of CSSC, will build the methanol-fueled ships.

Hudong-Zhonghua and Jiangnan, both part of CSSC, already delivered nine 23,000-teu LNG-powered vessels to CMA CGM.

In June last year, CMA CGM welcomed the ninth and the last vessel in this series, Sorbonne, in its fleet.

These 400 meters long and 61 meters wide LNG-powered giants feature WinGD’s dual-fuel engines, as well as GTT’s 18,600-cbm fuel tank.

The four new 23,000-teu vessels would have the same specifications as the previous vessel, the sources said.

CMA CGM would take delivery of these vessels in 2025 and 2026.

The price tag of the vessels was not disclosed.

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