French flag’s largest ship enters service

French shipping company CMA CGM has put into service the 400-meter-long CMA CGM Bourgainville, the world’s largest containership sailing under the French flag.

The containership, delivered by Samsung Heavy Industries on August 26th, is the fourth vessel in CMA CGM Group’s 18,000 TEU series of containerships named after famous explorers. The vessel has now entered into service in the Group’s Asia French line, serving European, Middle East and Asian markets and calling at Le Havre every 77 days.

The vessel will arrive at Le Havre for its maiden call there on October 5th.

The first three vessels in the Group’s 18,000 TEU series included the CMA CGM Kerguelen, CMA CGM Georg Forster and the CMA CGM Vasco de Gama. The series will grow to six vessels by the end of 2015. 

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