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Maxed out on ship types? Welcome the Guyanamax containership

The ultramax, the megamax, the kamsarmax. Not sure what to call a new ship type? Just take the word “max” and stick another word, or place name, in front of it and viola a new a vessel class is born.

Scanning through this week’s Alphaliner newsletter – the people who brought you the megamax containership name – and up popped a new one the “Guyanamax”.

This is what Alphaliner has dubbed a series of three 2,200 teu containerships being built at Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, the first of which the CMA CGM Kourou has just been delivered.

Designed specifically for the trade between Europe, the Caribbean, the Guyanas and the North Coast of South America the three vessels were ordered by CMA CGM and Mafret.

So why the Guyanamax name? Well according to Alphaliner the vessels are: The new ships have wide beam proportions with an Lbp to B ratio of 6.0, for an Loa of 190 m and a breadth of 30 m, allowing a shallow draft of only 9.50 m for a deadweight of around 26,700 tons. These characteristics allow them to carry an optimal cargo load up the Cayenne River up to the port of Degrad des Cannes.”

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