CMA CGM Orders New Silk Road Megaship Fleet


CMA CGM, the fourth biggest container shipping line in the world by market share, has ordered 10 new megaships from China State Shipbuilding Corp. (CSSC) as part of a series of New Silk Road deals signed between China and France’s presidents, Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron.

According to The Wall Street Journal, CMA CGM’s new ships will each have a capacity of 15,000 TEU and overall the deal will be worth approximately US$1 billion.

A recent Port Technology technical paper explored the trend towards bigger ships and ports 

Rudolphe Saade, Chairman of CMA CGM, took to Twitter to announce the deal and said five of the new vessels will be run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the carrier looks to cut its sulphur emissions ahead of the IMO’s upcoming 2020 regulations.



The deal, signed in Paris as Xi continues his tour of Europe, follows the agreement struck over the weekend that saw Italy become the first developed nation to fully endorse China’s New Silk Road, a story PTI reported on.



Furthermore, it increases China’s stake in Europe’s infrastructure and strengthens its position as a shipbuilding power, particularly in comparison to neighbour South Korea, which has struggled in recent years.

China’s New Silk Road, a trillion dollar investment that looks to increase free trade across Eurasia and Africa, has seen Beijing invest heavily in ports and container terminals, largely through its state-owned carrier and operator COSCO.

Read more: 

Daily Email Newsletter

Sign up to our daily email newsletter to receive the latest news from Port Technology International.

Supplier Directory

Find out how to get listed

Webinar Series

Find out how to attend

Latest Stories

Cookie Policy. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.