CMA CGM’s First Newbuild for French West Indies Delivered

French shipping major CMA CGM has taken delivery of the first unit of an order for four container ships dedicated to the French West Indies, CMA CGM Fort de France.

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With a capacity of 3,500 TEUs and a length of 219 meters, the new ship stands out by its draft which is adapted to the West Indies ports.

It is also equipped with plugs for refrigerated containers for transport of perishable goods – 850 of such containers can be installed on the ship.

Following the delivery of CMA CGM Fort de France, the company would see the remaining three vessels from the batch join its fleet in the spring and summer of 2019. The remaining units are named CMA CGM Fort Royal, the CMA CGM Fort Saint Charles and CMA CGM Fort Fleur D’Epee.

The ships, which will sail under the French flag, will be deployed in replacement of the existing Forts on the North Europe French West Indies line. This service links Europe and Metropolitan France to Guadeloupe and Martinique, crossing the Atlantic Ocean in under ten days.