CMA CGM plans to add more mega-size 24,000-teu container ships to its fleet.

According to shipbuilding sources, the French line is eyeing an order of between five and 10 newbuildings costing at least $2.4bn.

It is said to have approached major shipyards in South Korea and China, including Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, Samsung Heavy Industries, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.