CMA CGM takes down its flagship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin from the calls at the ports of Los Angeles, Oakland and Seattle, which are part from the Trans-Pacific service. The ultra large container ship was the first 18,000 TEU vessel, which called at US ports will be related by 14,000 TEU vessel on the route Pearl River Express service between South China and the US west coast. The vessel was scheduled to start operations at Trans-Pacific service on May 6. According to the official statement of the company, the decision was taken due to overcapacity on the market, decreasing freight rates and reorganization of the business.
“Considering the current Transpacific market situation and in order to optimize the use of its fleet, the CMA CGM Group has decided to postpone its project to deploy 18,000 TEU-capacity vessels on this trade”, said the official statement of the company.
In December 2015, CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin made the first call at US port. In March 2016, CMA CGM has announced that intends to put on the service the ultra large container ship at Trans-Pacific service. Today the company withdrew from the latest plans on the background of reorganizations related to establishment of a new Ocean Alliance together with Cosco China Shipping, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line.
With taking down CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin from Trans-Pacific service, CMA CGM once again postpones plans to send mega container ships to USA.
The container ship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin (IMO: 9706891) is operating under the flag of Bahamas. The ultra large container ship has overall length of 399.00 m, moulded beam of 54.00 m and maximum draft of 10.80 m. The deadweight of the ship is 185,000 DWT and the gross tonnage is 175,000 GRT. The vessel was built in 2015 by Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding in China.