CMA CGM has put pen to paper on an order for four LNG dual-fuel 24,000-teu container ship newbuildings worth at least $1bn.

Shipbuilding sources following the French liner giant’s newbuilding activities said it has contracted China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding for the mega-size vessels to be delivered in 2025 and 2026.

CMA CGM is believed to be paying at least $250m each for the ships.