CMA CGM's First Vessel Dedicated to the French West Indies Delivered
The CMA CGM Group has announced it has taken delivery of the CMA CGM Fort de France, the first of an order for four container ships dedicated to the French West Indies.
With a capacity of 3,500 TEUs (Twenty-foot equivalent units) and a length of 219 meters, the CMA CGM Fort de France stands out by its draft which is adapted to the West Indies ports. It is also equipped with a large number of plugs for refrigerated containers (“Reefers”) which allow the transport in optimal conditions of perishable goods such as bananas; 850 such containers can thus be installed on the ship.
Following the delivery of the CMA CGM Fort de France, the Group will take delivery over the Spring and Summer of 2019 of three other vessels with identical features: the CMA CGM Fort Royal, the CMA CGM Fort Saint Charles and the CMA CGM Fort Fluer D’epee.
This owned fleet will sail under the French flag and will be deployed in replacement of the existing “Forts” on the North Europe French West Indies line. This service links Europe and Metropolitan France to Guadeloupe and Martinique, crossing the Atlantic Ocean in under ten days.