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Giant Container Vessel to be Baptised in Hamburg

18,000 TEUs capacity vessel CMA CGM "Georg Forster" to officially enter service after its christening in Hamburg on 9 July 2015

Following the christening of the container vessel “Alexander von Humboldt” in 2013, the French CMA CGM group will also baptise its second newbuilding in Hamburg in Hamburg – the 18,000 TEUs capacity vessel CMA CGM Georg Forster.

Giant Size and Power

With its 1,305 ft. (398m) length and 177 ft. (54m) width, the CMA CGM Georg Forster is the group’s second out of a total of six 18,000 TEUs capacity vessel to be delivered. Named named after great explorers, they will have the CMA CGMGroup’s largest containership capacity.v Placed in a long line, the ship’s container load would cover the distance between Hamburg and Hanover. Its size is above the height of the Empire State Building, wider than an Olympic pool, and its thrust is equivalent to ten Airbus A380 .

Serving the World’s Global Economy

Calling at eleven different countries, the CMA CGM GEORG FORSTER will join the vessels sailing the French Asia Line (FAL), one of the most emblematic lines of the CMA CGM Group sailed by the group’s largest vesssels. In a globalised economy, these vessels transport almost 200,000 tonnes of goods between the world’s leading markets Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Latest Environmental Technologies

The CMA CGM Georg Forster is equipped with the latest environmental technologies: an engine of the latest generation, a twisted leading edge rudder with bulb, an optimized hull design… Those innovations decrease the vessel’s CO2 emissions by ten per cent compared to the previous vessel generation. With an estimated emission of 37g of CO2/km for each container, the CMA CGM Georg Forster is one of the greenest goods transport means in the world. Furthermore,its environmental footprint responds to the 2025 energy efficiency regulations.

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.

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