Marseilles, July 22nd 2010 - The CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce the inaugural call today Thursday July, 22nd in Seattle of the CMA CGM RABELAIS, 6,500-TEU containership.

The vessel is operated on the Columbus loop, a pendulum service linking Japan , China and South East Asia to the United States East Coast via the Suez Canal, and South East Asia, China and Korea to Pacific North West and Canada (Vancouver).

In response to the growing market demand on the Asia-Transpacific lines, the fleet was recently homogenized with the introduction of the latest generation 6250-TEU vessels bringing the total fleet to 15.

The CMA CGM RABELAIS called Seattle on July, 19th for a 48-hour stopover and the commercial operations broke a new record at the terminal with more than 4,300 movements of containers thus confirming the growth registered since the beginning of the year on this market.

“We have decided to optimize the Columbus service to keep pace with our customer needs while offering a high quality service”, explains Jean-Philippe Thenoz, Senior Vice President, North America Lines.

The CMA CGM RABELAIS left Seattle today and followed its rotation to Vancouver, Yokohama, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Yantian, Tanjung Pelapas, Suez Canal, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Suez Canal, Tanjung Pelapas, Hong Kong, Yantian, Shanghai, Pusan and Seattle.

CMA CGM Group takes delivery of CMA CGM AMERIGO VESPUCCI (13,830 teu)

Marseilles, July 22nd, 2010 - CMA CGM Group took delivery this morning, Thursday July 22nd, in South Korea of the CMA CGM AMERIGO VESPUCCI (13,830 teu) built by DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering). The second of a series of eight vessels named after the great explorers, the vessel is the sister ship of the CMA CGM CHRISTOPHE COLOMB and has the following dimensions: 365 meter long, 51,2 meter large and 15.5 meter draught.

The CMA CGM AMERIGO VESPUCCI sails under the French flag.

In compliance with CMA CGM’s environmental policy and like all new vessels of this type ordered by the Group, the CMA CGM AMERIGO VESPUCCI is equipped with a combination of innovative environmental features, including:

- An electronically controlled engine, reducing oil and fuel consumption thus enabling the vessel to be operated at eco-speed,
- Double-hull protected bunker tanks, in compliance with the MARPOL 12A regulation which will come into effect in August 2010,
- The pioneering Fast Oil Recovery System, which enables bunkers to be rapidly recovered at any time, hence significantly limiting the environmental consequences should there be an incident at sea.

Another distinctive characteristic is the position of its superstructure, located in the front, which maximizes space utilization and guarantees a better visibility from the bridge.

The vessel will be operated on FAL 5 service (French Asia Line) linking Asia to North Europe. Launched in early July, the FAL 5 service has extended the Group’s range of shipping solutions on this trade. Today, CMA CGM offers 14 services between Asia and Europe, the third largest market in the world, thus strengthening its position as the market’s leading operator. The Asia-Europe market registered a growth of 22%* since the beginning of the year. The same trend is observed on all markets, confirmed by the 19%** growth announced by the main maritime ports over the same period.

“Thanks to its size and equipment, this modern and competitive vessel, which completes the Group’s fleet, enables CMA CGM to meet the steady customer demand on this key market”, explains Nicolas Sartini, Senior Vice President Asia / Europe Lines, CMA CGM Group.

The vessel will start its rotation in Ningbo on July, 31st and then onto Shanghai, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Klang, Le Havre, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Port Klang, Singapore and Ningbo.

** Alphaliner


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