This vessel joins the “international” fleet. The crew numbers 24. To this figure must be added three Officer Cadets. For this exceptionally large vessel, the navigating officers were chosen based on their experience gained on the CMA CGM Group’s other big vessels (13,800 and 11,400 TEUs).
To navigate a vessel like this one, the crew has to be specially trained. Ludovic Gérard, Vice-President of CMA Ships explains:
“To best prepare our officers to operate this giant of the seas, they have undertaken specific training on manoeuvring the ship.
This was done on the CMA CGM Group’s simulator in Marseille, but also on a reduced-size model (16 metres in length!) at Ilawa in Poland. This course really helps them get the measure of the vessel and how to carry out the various delicate manoeuvres. The engineers were not left out, as they were offered specific courses on the Wartsila electronic engine and high voltage installations.”