CMA CGM Group, a French shipping giant, launched CMA CGM Jacques Saadé, the largest LNG-powered container ship in the world at Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing Shipyard, Wednesday, September 23rd.
This mega-ship is the first of nine French-flagged LNG-powered containerships with 23.000 TEUs capacity for CMA CGM that has ordered in 2017.
Along with its eight 23,000 TEU sister ships (twenty-foot equivalent unit), this giant ship has started its maiden voyage as of September 23rd on the French Asia Line (FAL), CMA CGM Group’s most emblematic line between Asia and Northern Europe.
Its rotation will lead it to the ports of Pusan in South Korea; Tianjin, Ningbo, Shanghai and Yantian, China; Singapore; Southampton, Dunkirk, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Algeciras in Europe; and Port Kelang in Malaysia. This line provides a weekly service comprising 13 calls over the course of 84 days.
CMA CGM has chosen Total as part of a major industrial partnership to supply them with gas. Thereby making CMA CGM the initiator in structuring a genuine LNG field of excellence in maritime transport.
Today, LNG is the most advanced solution when it comes to preserving air quality. It enables a 99% reduction in sulfur dioxide and fine particle emissions, and an 85% reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions, going well above and beyond existing regulation.
LNG emits up to 20% less CO2 compared to fuel motorization. This technology is one of the first steps towards achieving CMA CGM Group’s ambitious 2050 objective of carbon neutrality.
”The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé embodies our commitment to the planet. This vessel has been enhanced with the latest technologies and is the result of 7 years of research and development,” Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, declared in a statement, Wednesday (23/9).
While guaranteeing the safety of the crew, Rodolphe continued, it preserves air quality and will be part of our fight against global warming. It significantly improves the environmental footprint of carried goods. “We have taken a big step forward. We need to go further to build transport that is even more respectful of the environment,” he said.
The joining of the fleet of the CMA CGM Jacques Saadé was marked by a first-of-its-kind digital naming ceremony that saw the shipyard’s representatives in Shanghai and CMA CGM Group’s management in Marseille share an emotional landmark moment in their common history.
CMA CGM Jacques Saadé, the company’s future flagship, is named in honor of CMA CGM’s founder and will be registered in the French International Register (RIF). (hlz/hlz)