The Mediterranean Shipping Company, MSC (4.47 mn TEU) has attracted the headlines while overtaking Maersk (4.26 mn TEU) as the largest container line. Meanwhile the French company CMA CGM has also been building its fleet. It is currently in third place with more than 580 ships and 3.30 mn TEU capacity. Until earlier this year the company was taking delivery of one new ship every month. Its order book consists of 57 ships to be delivered by 2025, which will see a similar uptake.
One of the new built ships was today's arrival (December 10), CMA CGM Adonis. The company took delivery of the ship on March 4, 2020, the fifth and last of the Hercules class of Ultra Large container ships. At 154,839 gt and 156,500 dwt, it has a capacity of 15,536 TEU. It was built by the Chinese state owned Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group in Shanghai.
The CMA CGM Adonis is equipped with the latest nitrogen removal and desulphurization equipment which removes more than 80% of those pollutants from engine exhaust. Nevertheless it is CMA CGM's last ship to be powered by conventional fuel. Most of its newbuilds will use LNG or bio-methane gas.
The ship also has a newly developed anti-rolling system intended to reduce container losses at sea and to provide added crew comfort.