French container shipping giant CMA CGM has christened the CMA CGM Fort De France, a 3,504-TEU containership dedicated to the French West Indies.
The Fort De France with a length of 219 meters and a width of 35.6 meters is the first of a series of four containerships named after French West Indian forts and flying the French flag.
The vessel was christened by French Minister for Overseas Territories, Annick Girardin, in Martinique on Thursday.
The newbuild will be followed in the coming months by CMA CGM Fort Royal, CMA CGM Fort Saint Charles and CMA CGM Fort Fleur D’epee.
The Post-Panamax containership was delivered by China’s shipbuilder COSCO Zhoushan in January 2019.
The Marseille headquartered shipping company operates seven maritime services in the French West Indies connecting these islands to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
In order to support the acceleration of Martinique’s economic and maritime development, the CMA CGM Group has invested more than €12 million there over the past ten years.