Start of construction of CMA CGM’s second 13,000 TEU dual-fuel boxship in China

Chinese shipbuilder Hudong Zhonghua has launched construction of a 13,000 TEU dual-fuel container ship for French shipping group CMA CGM at Changxing Naval Base.

Courtesy of Hudong Zhonghua

Construction of the second unit in a series of six 13,000 TEU dual-fuel vessels began on July 15 with the steel cutting ceremony.

The vessel is part of CMA CGM’s $2.3 billion order for dual-fuel and LNG-powered container ships starting in April 2021, aimed at meeting market growth.

The 13,000-TEU vessel is the second type of dual-fuel container ship built by Hudong Zhonghua and represents the latest generation of green, eco-friendly, high-efficiency and energy-efficient container ships, the builder said. naval.

The 336 meter long and 51 meter wide vessel will be fitted with a 14,000 m3 MARK III LNG cargo tank and will be able to load 2,400 containers with a maximum capacity of 13,2000 TEUs.

It will also feature flexible container loading technology and use energy-saving ducts, rudder balls and other devices to improve its performance.

According to Hudong Zhonghua, the main engine of this type of container ship has been upgraded, and it adopts the new generation of intelligent exhaust gas recirculation (ICER) system, which compared to the dual fuel container ship of 23000 TEU, can reduce methane exhaust in gas mode by 50% and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 28%.

The vessel is set to become the largest dual-fuel container ship operating on the South American route and will be built to the owner’s operational requirements for the route.

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