Largest containership sailing under UK flag to call in Southampton next month


CMA SouthamptonThe CMA CGM Group, one of the world’s leading container shipping companies, is pleased to announce the delivery of CMA CGM Kerguelen on 31st March, 31st and the beginning of its first rotation on 1st April.

With a length of 1,305ft (398m) and a width of 177 ft (54m), the ship is not only CMA CGM Group’s largest containership but also the largest vessel in the world sailing under the United Kingdom flag.

This enormous vessel has a 17,722teu capacity: all containers aligned would cover the distance between London and Southampton. It is longer than two London Axe Tower together, wider than the Wembley stadium arch, and its thrust is equivalent to the one of 10 A380 Airbus reactors.

Calling in 11 countries, the CMA CGM Kerguelen is positioned on one of the most emblematic lines of CMA CGM. The FAL links Europe to Asia and the vessel will export all types of English goods to Asian and Middle-Eastern markets.

The vessel is expected to be calling in Southampton for the first time on May 13th.

It is equipped with the latest environmental technologies: the latest generation engine, a twisted leading edge rudder with bulb, an optimized hull design… Those innovations decrease CMA CGM Kerguelen CO2 emissions by 10% compared to vessels of the previous generation. With an estimated emission of 37g of CO2/km per container, the CMA CGM Kerguelen showcases the greenest transport means worldwide. Furthermore, in accordance with the CMA CGM Group’s commitment, the CMA CGM Kerguelen environmental footprint responds to the 2025 energy efficiency regulations.

First of the series of six vessels of the same size that will be delivered in 2015, the vessel is named after the famous 18th century French navigator Yves Joseph de Kerguelen de Trémarec, who discovered the archipelago which was named after him thanks to the suggestion of James Cook, one of England’s prominent navigator.