CMA CGM KERGUELEN, VESSEL WITH EXCEPTIONAL DIMENSIONS
Every day, CMA CGM delivers a regular, reliable high quality and increasingly competitive service for its customers. For this, the Group has invested in a modern and efficient fleet which today numbers 445 ships, including the world’s largest containerships (by capacity).
These containerships, bearing the names of great explorers, started joining the fleet of the Group on November 5, 2012, delivery date of CMA CGM MARCO POLO, vessel with a capacity of 16,020 TEUs. In 2015, 6 new vessels of 18,000 TEUs will enter the fleet, CMA CGM KERGUELEN, delivered in March, being the first one.
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: French Asia Line (FAL)
- Owner / operator: CMA CGM
- Flag: United Kingdom
AN OPTIMIZED LAYOUT, AN ENHANCED SECURITY
The CMA CGM 18,000 TEUs ships’ design is similar to the 16,020 TEUs’ and the 13,800 TEUs’ series. Located at the front of the vessel, the unique castle maximizes the use of space while providing better visibility from the bridge and gives the ship more resistance to torsion. This layout allows also to position fuel tanks under the castle. They are therefore protected by the ship’s double hull, which makes the vessel in compliance with the MARPOL 12A regulation. Found in the rear, the engine room is located near the propeller which limits the loss of place that could result from a propeller shaft crossing the ship.
On the CMA CGM KERGUELEN, the design is optimized thanks to:
- An increased castle height
- Raised lashing gateways enabling containers’ support
- Containers’ safety reinforced through external lashing and new twist locks
26 MEN ON BOARD, AT THE CORE OF CMA CGM’S ACTIVITY
A 398 m long ship that can carry up to 17,722 containers is a true enterprise in itself. On board, a crew of 26 are running daily this giant of the seas, each fulfilling a very specific role either following scheduled watches (on deck) or normal working hours (engine room).
- The Captain is the highest ranking officer on board. He is responsible for all aspects of the “expedition at sea”: vessel, cargo and crew. As the owner’s representative, he is the unique spokesperson with all departments ashore. He is assisted in his duties by the Chief Officer, Deck Officers and a team on deck composed of the Bosun, Able Seamen and Deckhands.
- The Chief Engineer is responsible for maintaining and keeping the engines running, electrical power production, and oil and fuel consumption. He is assisted by the First Engineer, Officers, an Electrician, Engineers and a Reeferman.
- In addition to these two large entities, the Chef and Steward are at the service of the entire crew. And as always,Officer Cadets, Deckhands and Ordinary Seaman are on board being trained as future seafarers.
A VESSEL IN LINE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
INNOVATE TO REDUCE 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 KERGUELEN, 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.
INNOVATE TO PRESERVE MARINE ECOSYSTEMS
- A new ballast water treatment system To protect the marine environment and wildlife from foreign organisms which travel in ballast water, the CMA CGM KERGUELEN 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 KERGUELEN 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 KERGUELEN 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.