Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bosphorous Trade Sees New Container Vessel Launched

Chinese Collaboration Constructs Box Carrier for French Line
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – CHINA – The latest addition to the CMA CGM fleet has just been launched with the delivery of the CMA CGM Litani, a 10,622 TEU container ship, the third in a series of twenty eight box vessels from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs which will be delivered from now to the third quarter of 2016. Each vessel of this one-of-a-kind series will be named after a famous river of the world.

Sailing under the Maltese flag, the newbuild is a result of collaboration between the Chinese shipyards New Times Shipbuildings (NTS) Jiangsu Province, the People’s Republic of China, the CIMC group and French owner. The joint effort has led to an on-time delivery showing the ability to build and equip a container ship of this size.

The technical specification of the ship sees her stand at 300 metres long and 48 metres wide whilst capacity includes 1458 reefer plugs for forty foot units. The design allows for maximum capacity with the ability to operate within the technical constraints necessitated by the Strait of the Bosphorus.

As part of the Ocean Three agreement with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) the new vessel will be repositioned and operated on the Bosphorus Express (BEX) service. It will offer a direct service between Asia, Turkey and the Black Sea. Accordingly, it will call Dalian, Tianjin, Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, Beirut, Izmit, Istambul Ambarli, Constanza, Odessa, Ilyichevsk, Istambul Ambarli, Piraeus, Port Kelang, and once again Dalian.

In line with the sustainable development policy of the Group, the CMA CGM Litani is equipped with all the latest environmental technologies which significantly reduce its C02 emissions, as well as the Group’s carbon footprint. More particularly, it is equipped with new bulbous bow shapes improving the hydrodynamics of the vessel at a speed of 16 to18 knots. Other technical qualities include an electronically controlled long stroke engine with an exhaust gas bypass system offering the best in fuel consumption, a twisted leading edge rudder with bulb and an up to date ballast water treatment system.