South Korea’s DMSE shipyard at Okpo this weekend delivered the CMA CGM JULES VERNE, last of CMA CGM’s trio of 16,020 teu jumbo vessels. The ship was ordered in June 2007 as part of a series of eight 13,800 teu vessels, but the French Line later renegotiated the orders to have the final three ships deferred by several years and up-sized to 16,020 teu. In a few days, the new vessel will join CMA CGM’s FAL1 service where she will trade alongside her two earlier sisters and a number of 13,000 to 14,000 teu ships. MSC, CSCL and CSAV slot on the FAL1 and UASC even contributes two ships of its own.
The CMA CGM JULES VERNE and her two sisters are the largest container vessels in the world, at least when measured by teu intake, and they will hold on to this crown until the delivery of the 18.270 teu MAERSK MC-KINNEY MOLLER in late June.
The CMA CGM JULES VERNE follows the CMA CGM ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT which was delivered two weeks ago. The lead unit of the series, CMA CGM MARCO POLO, had already been handed over in November of 2012.
Late in 2012, market rumors suggested that CMA CGM planned to order further 16,000 teu ships in order to obtain a sufficient number of such ships to staff a standalone Asia to Europe loop. So far however, no such orders have materialised.
The new container vessel is named after Jules Verne (1828 – 1905), a French novelist, poet, and playwright, best known for his phantastic adventure novels such as ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’, ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’ and the very fitting ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’.