June 02, 2015: The CMA CGM Group took delivery of its latest 18,000 TEU capacity containership, the Georg Forster, in South Korea today.
With its 1,305 ft. (398m) length and 177 ft. (54m) width, the ship is the group's second 18,000 TEUs capacity vessel out of an order book of six. All are named after great explorers.
Calling 11 different countries, the Georg Forster will join the vessels sailing the French Asia Line (FAL), one of the most emblematic lines of the CMA CGM Group.
Sailing under the UK flag, the ship has begun her first rotation. She will sail and call the different ports of the FAL rotation in China, Malaysia, Egypt, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coast up to Germany. The vessel will be christened in Hamburg on July 9th, during a ceremony in line with the great seafaring tradition.
The ship is equipped with the latest environmental technologies to decrease emissions by 10% compared to the previous vessel generation. With an estimated emission of 37g of CO2/km for each container, it is one of the greenest goods transport means in the world.
The vessel is named after the famous 18th century German travel writer, who was part of the James Cook's expedition in Southern Seas. He is also considered to be one of the founders of ethnology and anthropology.