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CMA CGM’s new 95,793gt/10,622 TEU capacity CMA CGM Volga entered into her first rotation in Dalian, China, on 20thMarch. The vessel is the 8th of a series of 28 ships from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs that will be delivered until the third quarter of 2016. Sailing under the Maltese flag, she was built by New Times Shipbuilding, Jiangsu, China. Operating on the Bosphorus Express, the ship will offer direct service between Asia, Turkey and the Black Sea. At the beginning of April CMA CGM confirmed delivery of the175,000gt/17,722 TEU CMA CGM Kerguelen, the largest container ship in its fleet, in Busan, South Korea. The 398m long and 54m beam ship will be positioned on the company’s French Asia Line. The first in a series of six ships of the same size that will be delivered this year, the vessel was named after the 18th century French navigator Yves- Joseph de Kerguelen-Trémarec who discovered an archipelago of islands that was later named Archipelago Kerguelen. The new ship will be christened in Le Havre on 12th May. CMA CGM’s first trio of 20,000 TEU ships will be built by South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries.

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