CMA CGM Group’s new container ship CMA CGM Elbe embarked on its maiden voyage on October 14 in Dalian (China).

CMA CGM Elbe (9,400 TEUs) is the second of a series of 28 vessels from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs which will be delivered from now to the third quarter of 2016. Last June, the Group took delivery of the first vessel of this series, the CMA CGM Danube. Each vessel of this one-of-a-kind series will be named after a famous river of the world.

Sailing under the Malta flag and chartered bareboat to CIMC, it is the second chartered ship of this class built at the Chinese construction site DSIC (Dalian PRC). With a length of 300 metres and 48 metres in width, it was designed to offer maximal loading capacity while meeting the technical constraints necessitated by the Strait of the Bosphorus.

With a capacity of 1,458 40 feet reefer plugs, which is the largest so far on such a ship, CMA CGM Elbe embodies the Group’s ambition to be a leader in this growing market.

Operated on one of the emblematic lines of the Group, the Bosphorus Express, CMA CGM Elbe will offer direct service between Asia, Turkey and the Black Sea. Accordingly, it will call Dalian, Tianjin, Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Chiwan, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Izmit, Istambul Ambarli, Constanza, Odessa, Ilyichevsk, Port Said, Port Kelang, and Singapore.