Technical datas CMA CGM Christophe Colomb - Marine Log

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tanks of CMA CGM CHRISTOPHE COLOMB, located underneath the superstructure, are protected by the double hull of the vessel, in compliance with the ...


CMA CGM CHRISTOPHE COLOMB, A giant of the seas The CMA CGM Group took delivery on 10th of November, in South Korea, of the CMA CGM CHRISTOPHE COLOMB. New flagship of the Group, it is to date, one of the world’s largest container ship. The vessel is operated on FAL service (linking Asia to Europe) and operated in partnership with Maersk. Rotation is as follows: Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Yantian, Algeciras, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven.

Technical characteristics of the vessel Build in: 2009

Shipyard: DSME

Delivery: November 2009

Flag: France

Type of vessel: container ship

Length Over All: 365.50 m.

Capacity: 13 344 TEU

Width Over All: 51.20 m

Service: French Asia Line (FAL)

Reefer plugs: 800 plugs

Operator: CMA CGM

Engine: Wartsila14RT Flex 96 C

Deck arrangements Whereas a container ship usually has a single superstructure on deck, CMA CGM Christophe Colomb distinguishes itself by the position of its superstructure, located in the front, which maximizes space utilization, guarantees a better visibility from the bridge and reinforces the vessel’s hull. Moreover, the tanks of CMA CGM CHRISTOPHE COLOMB, located underneath the superstructure, are protected by the double hull of the vessel, in compliance with the MARPOL 12A regulation which will come into effect in August 2010. The location of the engine room, close to the propeller also maximizes space utilization.


A vessel integrating the latest environmental technologies

Fight climate change In line with the Group’s commitment to the environment and sustainable development, CMA CGM Christophe Colomb integrates numerous environmental technologies that actively contributes to the battle against global warming, and limits the environmental footprint of its activities.

An electronic injection system for the engine: This latest generation of engines, significantly reducing consumption of fuel (-3%) and oil (-25%).

A twisted leading edge rudder: The vessel is equipped with this innovative rudder. Its leading edge is orientated to optimize the flow of water, considerably reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

A Pre-Swirl Stator ®: CMA CGM Christophe Colomb is the first vessel of the Group to be fitted with this ingenious new device. The Pre-Swirl Stator ® alters the inflow angles to the propeller to maximize propulsion efficiency. Together with the twisted leading edge rudder it optimizes a ship’s hydrodynamics to cut fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 2% to 4%. An optimized hull design improving the hydrodynamics of the vessel, as well as the equipment required to connect to a port’s electricity supply during operations.


Preserve the marine environment CMA CGM CHRISTOPHE COLOMB also has additional tanks for treating bilge, engine and grey water. All equipment on deck is electric to eliminate the problem of hydraulic fluid leaks. CMA CGM CHRISTOPHE COLOMB is equipped with a new pollution prevention technique called the Fast Oil Recovery System. Developed by JLMD, this reliable, safe and simple system enables hydrocarbons to be rapidly recovered at any time without going through the hull. Each tank is fitted with connecting pipes so that hot water can be injected in and hydrocarbons extracted. Initially developed for petrol tankers, the technique has been adapted for container ships thanks to joint efforts by the JLMD Ecologic Group and the CMA CGM Group’s New Building Department.