Two French ministers, Bruno Lemaire (Economy) and Elisabeth Borne (Transport) were present for the event.
Delivered last January 26 by Philippine shipyard Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Philippines of Subic Bay, the vessel is one of the largest container ships in the world. At 400-meters long by 59-meter wide, the vessel has the capacity to carry 20,600 twenty-foot containers.
CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery is equipped with environmental technologies such as a Becker Twisted Fin, which helps reduce in CO2 emissions by as much as 4%, as well as an engine that CMA CGM says reduces fuel and oil consumption for an a 3% average reduction of CO2 emissions.
CMA CGM Antoine Saint-Exupéry is the first three similar ships being built for the group. Other ships will be CMA CGM Jean Mermoz and CMA CGM Louis Blériot.