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CMA CGM ditches 18,000 teu transpacific ship experiment

CMA CGM’s grand experiment, deploying ultra large container vessels on the transpacific, has come to a quick end.

The French line deployed the 398 m long, 18,000 teu CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin from China to the west coast of the US in December to much fanfare, the ship becoming the largest ever to visit the US.

At the time senior management suggested a further five similarly-sized ships could join the Benjamin Franklin.

However, deteriorating market conditions have put paid to the supersized move, the giant ship never entered US waters at full capacity. Now, it will be redeployed to the Asia-Europe tradelane.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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