Explorer-class container ship

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2010-07-13 CMA CGM Christophe Colomb IMG 5413a.jpg
CMA CGM Christophe Colomb, the first Explorer-class container ship ordered by CMA CGM
Class overview
Builders: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea; Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry, China
Operators: CMA CGM
Built: 2009–
General characteristics
Type: Container ship
Tonnage: 153,000–175,000 GT
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)
Capacity: 13,300–16,020 TEU

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.[1]


The bridge of CMA CGM Cristophe Colomb

See also[edit]


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