Work starts on new CMA CGM’s LNG-powered giant

China’s Hudong-Zhonghua has kicked off the construction of a new series of 23,000-teu LNG dual-fuel containerships for French shipping giant CMA CGM.

The shipbuilder held the steel cutting-ceremony on November 17 for the vessel with a working name H1904A on November 17.

Hudong-Zhonghua said this is the first of four 23,000-teu vessels CMA CGM ordered last year.

CMA CGM is expected to take delivery of these ships in 2025 and 2026.

The vessels will have a total length of 399 meters, a width of 61.3 meters, and a design draft of 14.5 meters.

Such as the previous vessels, these LNG-powered giants feature WinGD’s dual-fuel engines, as well as GTT’s 18,600-cbm fuel tank.

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

In June 2021, CMA CGM welcomed the ninth and the last vessel in this series, Sorbonne, in its fleet.

Work starts on new CMA CGM's LNG-powered giant
Image: Hudong-Zhonghua

CMA CGM Bahia

Hudong-Zhonghua said in separate statement that the 13,000-teu LNG-powered containership, CMA CGM Bahia, has completed its gas trials on November 17.

This is the first of six 13,000-teu LNG-powered containerships Hudong-Zhonghua is building for CMA CGM.

The Chinese shipbuilder launched this LNG-powered containership in May this year.

Hudong-Zhonghua and Jiangnan Shipyard are each building six LNG-powered ships for CMA CGM as part of a deal revealed in April 2021, but the six vessels at Jiangnan have a capacity of 15,000 units.

Moreover, the new LNG-powered vessels also feature GTT’s Mark III containment system and WinGD’s dual-fuel propulsion.

The vessel’s LNG tanks have a capacity of 14,000 cbm.

Hudong-Zhnoghua said that CMA CGM Bahia is equipped with the world’s first CMD-WinGD9X9DF-2.0 main engine.

Following delivery, it will be the largest dual-fuel containership operating on South American routes, it said.

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