CMA CGM has signed a five-year agreement with the French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) to identify, design and develop innovative solutions for the shipping, logistics and space industries.
The carrier said the agreement will focus on a range of topics, including smart ship routing to enhance safety at sea and manage carbon vessels’ carbon footprint, as well as optimise sea crossings.
It will also explore maritime energy transition through a “sharing of experience” with hydrogen and practices for producing, storing, distributing, filling and using future green fuels.
They look to upgrade port operations by employing digital technologies to ease flows and cut the impact on the environment and contribute to the space sector by “optimising logistics” and developing a reliable and sustainable end-to-end service for the global tracking of goods.
These focus areas were defined through Connect by CNES, the space agency’s initiative to put its expertise to work in helping firms develop innovative products and services leveraging space technologies and solutions.
Analysis has concentrated on seeking ways of exploiting space data and services to enhance mobility management in the maritime sector.
This approach ties in with CMA CGM’s ambition to forge partnerships outside the shipping industry and offer innovative and disruptive solutions to build the shipping and logistics of the future for its customers and to preserve the environment, the carrier said.
CMA CGM’s Chairman & CEO Rodolphe Saadé commented, “CNES is world-renowned for its space expertise. “This unique partnership will cement our innovation strategy, enabling us to benefit from technologies developed by CNES, be it to optimize our operations or to support our energy transition.”
CNES Chairman & CEO Philippe Baptiste added, “Creating activities from satellite data and services for our societies is a major focus of action for us at the French space agency.
“This agreement signed with CMA CGM, one of the world’s leading shipping and logistics players, is a perfect illustration of our desire to reach outside the space industry, notably to the mobility sector, which is a priority area for Connect by CNES alongside the environment and healthcare.
“This cooperation will also allow our two organizations to mutually benefit from each other’s excellence.”