LNG dual-fuel 13,000 TEU CMA CGM Sao Paulo wraps up sea trials

Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), has revealed that CMA CGM Sao Paulo, a 13,000 TEU dual-fuel containership owned by French shipping major CMA CGM, has completed its sea trails.

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As disclosed, before the sea trials, the shipyard’s project team planned each production phase in advance. The project progress was controlled to ensure that dozens of tests would be completed successfully. Following a seven-day trial, the vessel returned to the shipyard on April 29, 2024. CMA CGM Sao Paulo is the fourth of six 13,000 TEU LNG-powered containerships Hudong-Zhonghua is building for the French shipping heavyweight.

The order is part of CMA CGM’s $2.3 billion dual-fuel, liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered containership fleet renewal program.

To remind, Hudong-Zhonghua recently delivered another 13,000 TEU LNG-powered containership to CMA CGM, CMA CGM Paraty. CMA CGM Bahia joined the shipowner’s fleet in December last year.

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The boxships have a total length of 336 meters, a molded width of 51 meters, and a molded depth of 26.8 meters. 

The containerships have a designed service speed of 21 knots. They incorporate an LNG dual-fuel power system and are equipped with a 14,000 cubic meter LNG cargo tank with a Mark III-type cargo containment system.

The ships also feature a huge wind deflector on the bow, which can save 2%-4% of fuel consumption during the voyages, according to CMA CGM.