The world’s first ammonia-ready containership CMA CGM Masai Mara has celebrated two major milestones in its construction process.

Namely, the engineering marvel was christened at a special ceremony hosted by the Chinese shipbuilder Qingdao Shipyard on 27 April, before being officially delivered on 23 May.

The 5,900 TEU vessel was built for Belgian shipowner CMB and the boxship will be operated by French liner major CMA CGM.

The 73,900gt CMA CGM Masai Mara measures 240m by 42.8m, and has a maximum capacity of 6,014 boxes, including 1,150 refrigerated containers.

He advanced features include a high level of automation and an innovative ammonia/diesel dual-fuel propulsion system.

The shipbuilder said that the vessel has low energy consumption and that its design features allow for compliance with all the latest regulations of the International Maritime Organization.

The vessel belongs to a new generation of medium-sized containerships optimized for regional container transportation and can be deployed on various non-polar global routes, offering flexibility in their utilization.

The naming ceremony also served as an occasion for the launching of Masai Mara’s sister ship CV5900-02 to be named CMA CGM Khao Sok. The two vessels form part of a deal for a total of six vessels.

These particular vessels are the largest container ships currently under construction in Shandong Province. The deal between CMB and Qingdao builds on the close relationship between the two after the construction of a 206,000dwt bulk carrier.

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