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CMA CGM christens largest Maltese-flagged containership
French container shipping giant CMA
CGM christened the world's largest
Maltese-flagged vessel, the 11,400TEU
'CMA CGM Pegasus', at Malta Freeport
Terminal, at the Port of Marsaxlokk in
Malta on October 1.
This vessel is the largest containership
ever to sail under the Maltese flag, a
European flag, which is one of the safest
in the world (according to the Paris
Memorandum of Understanding on Port
State Control criteria).
The 'CMA CGM Pegasus' is the seventh
vessel of the group to be registered under
the Maltese flag.
Malta is situated in a strategic location
on the shortest possible route between
the Suez Canal and the Gibraltar Straits,
at the crossroads of some of the world's
shipping routes serving Asia, the Middle
East, the Aegean, Adriatic and Black seas
along with the European continent,
making Malta Freeport Terminals (MFTL)
a major container transhipment centre in
the west Mediterranean.
With ten ocean and fifteen feeder
services, up to 35 CMA CGM vessels
call at Malta every week. MFTL is the
main hub for the CMA CGM Group in
CMA CGM Group has been operating
MFTL -- a 100 percent subsidiary -- since
October 2004 and has been granted an
extension of its concession by the Maltese
Authorities to 65 years in 2008.
It marked the beginning of an
ambitious programme of expansion and
modernisation of the port's infrastructure,
upgrading the efficiency of port
operations. This programme includes an
increase of the water depth of Terminal
Two North Quay and South Quay,
Terminal One North Quay and the fairway
from 15.5 to 17 metres, and the increase of
yard space by 133,000 square-metres.
The world's three largest container
shipping companies have decided to
cooperate in the fight against piracy in
the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.
The cooperation between CMA CGM,
MSC and Maersk Line includes
exchanging information on safety
measures, piracy policies and procedures
as well as coordination to ensure the issue
is addressed with all relevant stakeholders.
"Our first and foremost concern is the
safety and security of our crews. Piracy
continues to be a problem for the
shipping industry and if we want to
address it effectively, we as ship owners
must cooperate," CMA CGM, MSC and
Maersk Line said in a joint statement.
CMA CGM, MSC and Maersk Line have
agreed on the importance of the Best
Management Practices for safe sailing in
the area where the Somali pirates
continue to attack and hijack vessels.
"Following the Anti-Piracy Best
Management Practice is an important step
in preventing hijackings and we fully
support the use and further development
of the BMP," CMA CGM, MSC and Maersk
CMA CGM, MSC and Maersk Line
welcomed and supported the international
community's efforts to fight the problem
of piracy in terms of the naval presence in
the Gulf of Aden and the pursuit of
appropriate legal frameworks to ensure
pirates are prosecuted and held responsible
for their crimes.
"The root causes of this problem
cannot be addressed overnight. Therefore,
it is imperative that the naval forces have
a strong and dynamic mandate to match
the constantly changing situation in the
area. It is also vital that the acts of piracy
do not go unpunished, which is why
appropriate legal frameworks for
prosecuting pirates are needed," CMA
CGM, MSC and Maersk Line said.
CMA CGM, MSC and Maersk Line have
also supported proposals for regional
capacity building to address issues such as
a regional coast guard and possible transit
corridors to East Africa.
November 2010 SHIPS AND SHIPPING
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Sailors assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety & Security Team signal a Somali skiff with
suspected pirates to raise their hands before boarding on February 21, 2010 (source: US Navy).
Container liners join forces to fight piracy
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