|CMA CGM expands with giant ships |
The French carrier CMA CGM has signaled its intentions by announcing it will gradually phase in eight 8,500-TEU container ships on the Far East – Europe service. The new ships will replace an existing fleet of eight 6,500-TEU vessels, that will be released for service on the company’s North China Express service (NCX).
In turn eight smaller 5,700-TEU vessels currently on the NCX service will move to the Mediterranean - Asia service (MEX) in place of 4,000-TEU ships currently deployed there.
CMA CGM operates a fleet of 195 vessels on 76 major trade routes, including to Southern Africa, and if there is one thing that the French company excels at its in the naming of their ships. The new 8,500-TEU vessels will reflect the names of famous operas, starting with Otello, to be followed by Tosca, Nabucco, Parsifal, Traviata, Don Carlos, Don Giovanni, and Carmen.