CMA CGM orders 16 large container ships from China State Shipbuilding – reports Ship’s crew

French shipping giant CMA CGM has reportedly signed a shipbuilding contract with China State Shipbuilding Corporation for 16 large container ships worth over $3 billion.

The order, reported by Chinese state media, is said to be the largest single container ship order ever placed in China.

The order includes 12 vessels with a capacity of 15,000 TEU running on dual-fuel methanol and four vessels with a capacity of 23,000 TEU running on dual-fuel LNG.

The 15,000 TEU vessels will be built by Jiangnan Shipbuilding and Dalian Shipbuilding, both part of CSSC. They are 366 meters long and 51 meters wide.

The 23,000 TEU vessels will be built by CSSC shipyards and will be 399.9 meters long and 61.3 meters wide. The series of ships are believed to be the first in China to be built with dual-fuel methanol capability.

News of the order comes as French President Emmanuel Macron made a state visit to China to meet with China’s Xi Jinping.

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