A 400m long ship that can carry up to 18,000 containers is quite a feat.
On board, only a crew of 26 are running daily this giant of the seas, each fulfilling a very specific role, following either 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 Group’s representative, he is the unique spokesperson for 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.
- Officer Cadets, Deckhands and Ordinary Seamen are on board almost at all times, being trained as future seafarers.
CAPTAIN GILLES SAINT JALME
Gilles Saint Jalme has been sailing for over 30 years all around the world.
His first boarding took place on a ro-ro of the company Chargeurs Réunis, while he was still a cadet at the National Maritime School (ENSM) at Le Havre. In 1987, he boards a containership of 4 000 TEU, which was then among the largest in the world.
hip of 4 000 TEU, which was then among the largest in the world. He obtains his first captainship in 2000 with Delmas, and and integrates CMA CGM in 2005, thanks to the group’s acquisition of Delmas.
The is first appointed Captain of the CMA CGM FORT St GEORGES vessel, followed by the CMA CGM Norma, a 9 500 TEU in 2006 and the CMA CGM VESPUCCI (13800TEU) in 2010. Three years later, he boards the CMA CGM Jules Verne , a 16020TEU containership.
Of his experiences at sea, the Captain remembers having to face a storm with 15 meter waves in the Bay of Biscay. Nowadays, thanks to the fleet center and the constant support of its team, and the numerous technical innovations onboard, the group fleet can prevent these situations.
Furthermore, he once had to transport the Pope mobile (to South Africa), 70 ostriches alive to Lisbon and even a whole circus, among his strangest cargo.
VICTOR LEBLOND, CHIEF OFFICER
While studying at the Maritime National School (ENSM) of Le Havre, Victor Leblond first boards the CMA CGM Antilles Lines in 2003 as an officer cadet.
In 2012, he becomes Chief Officer of the containership CMA CGM FORT SAINTE MARIE, then transfers to the CMA CGM JULES VERNE, before taking the position of Chief Officer on the CMA CGM BOUGAINVILLE.
OLIVIER JOURDAN, CHIEF ENGINEER
Olivier Jourdan first boarded the CMA CGM Korrigan in 1995 as a cadet from the Maritime National School (ENSM) and received his first chief engineer affectation on the CMA CGM vessel TRAVIATA in 2008, before transferring to the CMA CGM ALMAVIRA in 2010 and the CMA CGM JULES VERNE in 2013.