“Having studied general engineering and naval architecture, I joined the Group in 2008 as Project Manager/Engineer in the Newbuilding Department of CMA Ships. Shortly afterwards, I was promoted to Manager for the same department. My job involves monitoring the construction of our ships, from design to delivery.
Before signing a contract with a shipyard, my team and I discuss the technical specifications that the shipyard has suggested. We try to adapt the specifications as far as possible to suit the lines that will operate the ship. Once the contract has been signed, we check that the shipbuilder's plans meet not only these specifications, but also regulations and company standards. During this 6-to-9-month period, lots of meetings are organised with the shipyard. When construction starts, we put a supervision team in place to monitor day-to-day progress of the building work. We then report on its progress and any construction issues that arise.
Lastly, we organise delivery of the container ship. As the liaison between the project's various different stakeholders and the ship's future operator, we ensure that the vessel is delivered on time and starts work as soon as it leaves the shipyard. Expertise, the ability to summarise, as well as project management, negotiation and people skills: these are the key qualities needed for this fascinating job.
The best thing about the job? Interacting with many different contacts, working with them to find the best technical solutions and design ships with ever better performance”
Crewing Vessels Fleet
Managing a modern and eco-efficient fleet
Our CMA Ships subsidiary brings together all the branches of activity dealing with managing the owned vessel fleet and its crew members. They have a wide range of responsibilities: navigation, embarking our crews, technical maintenance, supplying spare parts and consumables, developing and implementing new building projects, etc....
On land and at sea, our expert teams work together to keep our ships operating properly and to transport our customers' cargo to every corner of the globe.
Highly qualified teams
To satisfy our customers we operate vessels equipped with the latest technological innovations, such as the CMA CGM JULES VERNE.
Experienced teams of engineers and seafarers participate in the development of these leviathans. They optimise ship design taking into account its commercial, safety, and environmental protection functions, recommend inspections, and manage purchasing issues, maintenance and repairs to be performed.
Sailing the seven seas
Every member of our container ships' onboard crews fills a precise and determined role, primarily divided between the two major departments: the Bridge and the Engine.
Experienced officers and key personnel, the Captain, Chief Officer, and Chief Engineer conduct the ship's commercial operations both through its sailing and its mechanical operations. The other crew members take care of daily life on board and the ship's maintenance (Chef, Steward, seamen, etc.).
Keeping our crews safe, protecting the environment, and satisfying our customers are our top priorities.
Some important figures
- a fleet of 414 ships, 110 of which are company owned
- more than 400 French sailors and nearly 2600 sailors of other nationalities
- 20 to 25 crew members on board on each ship
Antoine, 32 years old