Explorer-class container ship
CMA CGM Christophe Colomb, the first Explorer-class container ship ordered by CMA CGM
|Builders:||Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea; Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry, China|
|Length:||365–396 m (1,198–1,299 ft)|
|Beam:||51 m (167 ft)|
|Draft:||16 m (52 ft)|
|Installed power:||Wärtsilä 14RT-flex96C (80,080 kW)|
|Propulsion:||Single shaft; fixed-pitch propeller|
|Speed:||24–25 knots (44–46 km/h; 28–29 mph)|
The Explorer class is a series of large container ships built for CMA CGM. They are mostly named after explorers (Benjamin Franklin was not an explorer but made contributions to oceanography, Forster was a naturalist and ethnologist who travelled with explorer James Cook, Verne was a novelist who wrote about explorations). The first five ships are 365 m long with a nominal capacity of 13,300 TEU; the last three are larger, at 396 m and 16,020 TEU, making them the world's largest container ships until the delivery of the Maersk Triple E Class.
Advanced simulators were built, to help crews learn how to handle the new ships.
- CMA CGM Christophe Colomb, the first in the series, delivered in November 2009.
- CMA CGM Amerigo Vespucci, second in the series, delivered in July 2010.
- CMA CGM Corte Real, third in the series, delivered in August 2010.
- CMA CGM Laperouse, fourth in the series, delivered in September 2010.
- CMA CGM Magellan, fifth in the series, delivered in September 2010.
- CMA CGM Marco Polo, with capacity increased to 16,020 TEU
- CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt, (formerly CMA CGM Vasco de Gama), 16,020 TEU, delivery expected in June 2013.
- CMA CGM Jacques Cartier, (formerly CMA CGM Zheng He), 16,020 TEU, delivery expected in April 2013.
- CMA CGM Jules Verne, delivered in June 2013 and named for French novelist Jules Verne
- CMA CGM Kerguelen, length 398m, 18,000 TEU, delivered 31 March, 2015.
- CMA CGM Georg Forster, length 398m, 18,000 TEU, delivered 2 June, 2015. and named for Polish-Prussian naturalist, ethnologist who travelled on voyages with British explorer James Cook.
- CMA CGM Vasco de Gama (planned as CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin), length 399m, 18,000 TEU, delivered 27 July 2015.
- CMA CGM Bougainville, CMA CGM flagship, length 398m, 18,000 TEU, delivered 25 August, 2015. and named for French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville.
- CMA CGM Zheng He, length 399m, delivered 11 September, 2015.
- CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, length 399m, 18,000 TEU, delivered 4 December 2015.
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