THE LARGEST CONTAINER SHIP TO EVER CALL THE U.S.
On December 26th, the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN berthed in the Port of L.A. An official delegation gathering Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other high-ranking elected officials from throughout Southern California was there to welcome the vessel’s arrival.
She’s part of the efficient and modern fleet of the CMA CGM Group, counting more than 475 vessels among which can be found some of the largest container-ships in the world.
TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VESSEL
- Overall length: 398m
- Overall Width: 54m
- Draft: 16m
- Reefer plugs: 1,254 plugs
- Engine: MAN B&W 11S90ME-C9.2
- Shipyard: Samsung Heavy Industries
- Year of construction: 2015
- Delivery date:march 2015
- Vessel Type: cellular
- Capacity: 17,722 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent)
- Service: Pearl
- Owner / operator: CMA CGM
- Flag: United Kingdom
AN OPTIMIZED LAYOUT, AN ENHANCED SECURITY
The CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN’s design is similar to most giant vessels of the Group’s fleet. With a the unique castle located at the front of the vessel, space usage is optimized while providing improved visibility from the bridge and a better torsion resistance. Such a layout also allows the positionning of fuel tanks directly below the castle. They are protected by the ship’s double hull, making the vessel compliant with the MARPOL 12A regulation.
On the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, the design is optimized thanks to:
- An higher castle
- Raised lashing gateways enabling containers’ support
- Containers’ safety improved through external lashing and new twist locks
A VESSEL EQUIPPED WITH TECHNOLOGIES IN FAVOR OF THE ENVIRONMENT
By using innovation as leverage, CMA CGM develops its sustainability policy and strives to limit its greenhouse gas emissions, protect biodiversity, and offer eco-solutions to its customers.
Thanks to numerous actions, the Group managed to improve its CO2 performance by 50% since 2005.
LIMITING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
- Electronic injection engine This latest generation of engines considerably reduces consumption of fuel (-3% on average) and for oil (-25%)
- Exhaust by-pass system The vessel’s design has been specifically adapted for slow-steaming by fitting the main engine with an exhaust by-pass system to improve energy efficiency at low loads, and thereby reducing fuel consumption by around1.5% at slow speeds.
- Twisted leading edge rudder This system improves the vessel’s hydrodynamics (optimizing water flow), significantly reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The addition of a bulb on the rudder, innovative technology implemented on the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, helped to improve the energy performance by an additional 4%.
- Optimized hull design The hull design improves significantly the vessel’s propulsion in the water.
- A new ballast water treatment system To protect the marine environment and wildlife from foreign organisms which travel in ballast water, the CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN is equipped with an approved ballast water treatment system, although this regulation is not yet in force. Treated directly when it is pumped on board and again during ballasting operations, ballast water is filtered and passed under UV lamps so that water rejected at sea is totally cleared of any living organisms. The system was specifically chosen by CMA CGM as there are no chemical products being rejected into the sea.
- Additional equipment for better safety The CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN has an extra decanting tank. Additional tanks allow bilge water, engine and grey water to be treated. In addition, all equipment on deck is electric to eliminate problems with hydraulic fluid leaks. The CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN is also fitted with the Fast Oil Recovery System, a pollution management technology. This simple, reliable and safe system allows hydrocarbons in the fuel bunkers to be quickly recovered without having to go through the hull.