ABP Southampton has welcomed its new largest container ship with the arrival of the CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery.
The 400m long vessel, with a breadth of 59 metres and a draft of 16 metres, is one of the world’s most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly ships – featuring a WINGD 11X92 main engine.
In 2016 the largest container vessel calling in Southampton had a capacity of 16,000 containers, which was beaten at the end of 2017 by the Milan Maersk arriving in Southampton with a capacity of 20,568 containers.
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The CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery, the flagship for her line, has a capacity of 20,656.
The new megaship, which was delivered to the French shipping line in January, is fitted with a number of environmentally-friendly features including; pollution management technology, new ballast water treatment to protect marine environments and a non-polluting paint silicone for the ship’s hull.
ABP Southampton Director, Alastair Welch said: “CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery is just the latest of these new megaships to visit the Port of Southampton.
Not only are these vessels bigger – they are much cleaner too and we are seeing more of these new generation ships visiting across the port’s key trades.”