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.