Jiangnan launches 2nd 15,000 TEU LNG newbuild for CMA CGM

China’s Jiangnan Shipyard has launched the second out of five 15,000 TEU LNG-powered vessels the yard is building for France’s CMA CGM.

The shipbuilder hosted a launching ceremony for CMA CGM Kimberley on April 17.

To remind, Jiangnan floated out the first vessel in this batch CMA CGM Patagonia in January.

Three LNG-powered sister ships, namely Everglade, Galapagos and Greenland, will join this duo by 2022, CMA CGM has previously said.

With a 366 meters length but also 51 meters in width, these containerships will be able to carry up to 15,254 TEUs, including 1,800 reefers, according to the French firm.

They will all sail under the French flag between Asia and the Mediterranean, serving CMA CGM’s Mediterranean Club Express (MEX) route.

In addition, France’s Total will fuel these ultra-large container ships at the port of Marseille-Fos and in Singapore.

CMA CGM and Total signed a 10-year bunkering deal back in 2019 for about 270,000 tonnes per year.

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