MARSEILLES shipping giant CMA CGM has announced that the CMA CGM Volga, the eighth of twenty-eight 10,000-TEU range ships, has started her maiden voyage in the Asia-Europe service from Dalian.
The CMA CGM Volga will rotate through Dalian, Tianjin, Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen-Chiwan, Shenzhen-Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Izmit, Istanbul Ambarli, Constanza, Odessa, Ilyichevsk, Port Said, Port Kelang, Singapore and back to Dalian.
Sister ships CMA CGM Danube, CMA CGM Elbe, CMA CGM Litani, CMA CGM Tigris, CMA CGM Loire, CMA CGM Ural and CMA CGM Rhone are named after rivers. The vessels were first delivered last June with the last one expected in the third quarter of 2016.
Flying the Maltese flag, the Volga was built in the Chinese NTS shipyards - New Times Shipbuilding, Jiangsu province, near Shanghai.
At 300 metres long and 48 metres wide, she was designed to offer a maximum loading capacity while meeting the constraints of the Bosphorus. With a 1,458-FEU reefer plugs, she exemplifies the company's aim to be a leader in the field.
Joining the Bosphorus Express (BEX) service, the CMA CGM Volga will offer direct links between Asia, Turkey and the Black Sea.
The ship is equipped with the latest environmental technologies that reduce C02 emissions. It is also fitted with new bulbous bows to improve fuel consumption at speeds of 16 to 18 knots as well as an electronically controlled long stroke engine with an exhaust gas bypass system as well as a ballast water treatment system.
Source : HKSG.