CMA CGM in for six 7,600 teu ships at Samsung Heavy

French carrier CMA CGM has added to its orderbook, contracting Samsung Heavy Industries for six LNG dual-fuelled 7,600 teu ships. The order is worth a total of $717.6m. All the ships will deliver by November 2024, with Samsung Heavy now very close to filling out its docks through to 2025.

The CMA CGM box fleet, the world’s third largest, has recently broached the 3m slot mark for the first time. The Marseille-headquartered firm has spent more on LNG dual fuelled tonnage than any other carrier.

Orders for new container shipping capacity have reached a record of above 3.5m teu so far this year, exceeding the previous high from 2007, according to UK consultants Drewry.

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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