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CMA CGM takes delivery of its new flagship CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY

French shipping giant CMA CGM has taken delivery of its new flagship, the 20,600 TEU capacity CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery.

The 400-meter long by 59-meter wide vessel with a capacity to carry 20,600 twenty-foot equivalent containers, is now biggest containership flying the French flag and will likely remain so until next year, when the line's next generation of 22,000 TEU containerships begin delivery.

CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery will enter into service on 6 February 2018 on the FAL 1 service (French Asia Line 1), connecting Asia to Northern Europe. The service offers a weekly service to 16 ports of call for a duration of 84 days.. 

She is the first of three similar ships being built for the Group by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction at their yard in Subic, Phillipinnes. ďThis newly built 20,600 TEU  vessel proves, among others, the strength and capability of our Subic shipyard to manufacture . . . mega-ships of much higher quality tonnage," said HHIC-Phil president Gwang Suk Chung, speaking to the Manila Bulletin. Chung credited the skill of the yard's local workforce for its success. 

As of 2017, CMA CGM had over 26 giant containerships with capacities topping 12,700 TEU capacity, including the Groupís former flagship CMA CGM Bougainville, one of six ~18,000 TEU ships in the fleet.

The new flagship pays tribute to writer and poet Antoine De Saint Exupery, whose work is known across the globe. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight.

In addition to her size, the CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery is built with a number of technological advancements to improve environmental friendliness, including a Becker Twisted Fin allowing to improve the propellerís performance, helping to significantly reduce the energy expenditure for a 4% reduction in CO2 emissions; a new-generation engine that reduces oil consumption by as much as 25%, as well as overall fuel consumption for a 3% average reduction of CO2 emissions; a system for the treatment of ballast water by filters and UV lamp.


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