CMA CGM is rumored to ordering the construction of up to nine 22,000 TEU containerships, the largest in the world, according to GCaptain.
Several reports from South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries indicated that the company is competing with a shipyard in China to build the ships for CMA CGM. The order would consist of six 22,000 TEU newbuilding’s with options for three additional vessels.
Today, CMA CGM’s largest containership is the OOCL Hong Kong, with a capacity of 21,413 TEU. Samsung Heavy Industries delivered this ship earlier this year. The ship was the first to surpass de 21,000 TEU mark.
The informative website Splash 24/7 indicates that these new containerships would feature dual LNG fuel engines.
In the next two years, 57 ultra large container ships of at least 18,000 TEU will be delivered. This fact could accentuate the problems that the industry has been facing about overcapacity and inadequate port infrastructure.
Recently, Drewry said that is forecasting 68 ships (between the 13,500-16,000 TEU) to be cascaded in the next two-three years and this will threat rates recovery, since the orders would put pressure on supply, demand and freight rates.
CMA CGM has not confirmed the rumors yet.Sources:http://gcaptain.com/cma-cgm-readying-order-for-22000-teu-containerships-reports/http://splash247.com/22000-teu-behemoth-set-ordered-month/http://www.containerst.com/news/view,cma-cgm-eyes-up-order-for-series-of-22000-teu-mega-ships_48668.htm