Sunday 18th Nov, 2018

French container behemoth inaugurated

Photo: CMA CGM
Photo: CMA CGM

THE colossal CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery was inaugurated this week in a special ceremony at Le Havre.

According to CMA CGM, the 20,600-TEU vessel is the largest containership to fly the French flag, and it will serve as the company’s flagship. It is 400 metres long and 59 metres wide.

The ceremony was attended by dignitaries from the French government.

The ship bears the name of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, an author, journalist and aviator born in Lyon in in 1900. He is perhaps most famous for writing “The Little Prince”, but his other books, many about aviation, are also well regarded. His book “Wind, Sand and Stars” is regarded as a classic of aviation literature.

Mr Saint-Exupéry workerd for Aéropostale and other air-mail outfits before the start of the Second World War. He was flying for the Free French Air Force when he disappeared during a reconnaissance mission from Corsica in 1944.

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