CMA CGM takes delivery of 20,600 TEU flagship Antoine de Saint Exupery

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter · 29 January 2018


The CMA CGM Group has announced the arrival of the CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery — the world’s biggest containership flying the French flag.

With a capacity of 20,600 TEU - 123 kilometers of containers, Exupery is a strong addition to the third largest container shipping company’s fleet.

Exupery will enter into operation on February 6 on the "French Asia Line" (FAL 1) service, which is the world's longest container cargo route with 16 ports of call and an 84-day rotation. Two more vessels in the series are nearing completion and will be delivered soon.

The 400-meter long by 59-meter wide vessel has the capacity to carry 20,600 twenty-foot equivalent containers (TEU), ranking it among some of the world’s largest containerships topping the once-unheard of 20K TEU mark.

Exupery has a number of new environmentally-friendly features, including an IMO-required ballast water treatment system to mitigate the transport of marine invasive species, says CMA CGM.

The vessel benefits from the best technologies like a Becker Twisted Fin allowing to improve the propeller’s performance, helping reduce significantly the energy expenditure for a 4% reduction in CO2 emissions and a new-generation engine that significantly reduces oil consumption (-25%) and fuel consumption for a 3% average reduction of CO2 emissions.

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