Third feedback from Ludovic Gerard from last friday, the CMA CGM JULES VERNE departed from the Suez canal and was on its way to Malta. Focus on the technological aspects of the ship through the eyes of the Executive Vice President of CMA Ship.
Friday May 31, Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Libya.
I had a quiet and restful night and slept like a log, rocked gently to sleep by the gentle rolling of the ship. It was just what I needed after a long day spent crossing the Suez Canal.
The weather forecast is excellent and a happy atmosphere reigns onboard the CMA CGM JULES VERNE. We are doing 23 knots in order to get to Malta on time. It’s all about keeping to schedule on a ship like this, and we must absolutely get to Marseilles on time for its inauguration next Tuesday.
The journalists aboard are visiting the engine room today so safety helmets and ear protection are mandatory because the turbines are running at full speed. I feel weak and puny when I consider the enormous power of these 108,000 horsepower machines. Standing on the cylinder head I can feel each thud of the piston in the cylinder. It is hot here in the engine room – between 35 and 40% – but it’s more tolerable than the temperature in the Red Sea.
The propeller shaft is working hard down in the bottom of the engine room to transmit its power to the 6-blade propeller itself, which is 9 meters in diameter and 95 tonnes in weight. It is turning at 100 revolutions per minute to get us to Malta on time.
The ship’s wake looks like an enormous Jacuzzi which stretches back over our trajectory all the way to the horizon.
Now that the day is almost over we are looking forward to a magnificent sunset at sea this evening before going to sleep and waking up tomorrow morning to follow the last few hours of the Mediterranean crossing and our arrival in Malta.