The CMA CGM Champs Elysees has become the latest member of CMA CGM’s fleet of liquified natural gas (LNG) powered mega-ships, joining the CMA CGM Jacques Saade.
The vessel was blessed and officially named by her Godmother, Dany Qian, Vice President SSE at Jinko Solar, who wished the ship, the captain and its crew the best of luck on their future voyages with the traditional words “May God bless this ship and all who will sail on her”.
The carrier said 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 step towards achieving CMA CGM Group’s ambitious 2050 objective of carbon neutrality.
The nine vessel fleet are packed with innovations, the result of a long cooperation between CMA CGM’s research and development experts and industrial partners, the carrier said.
In addition to LNG engines, these vessels feature state-of-the-art technologies, with a cockpit featuring the latest digital onboard technology to assist the captain and crew, especially during port maneuvers; or a straight bow with integrated bulb, rudder and propeller with a redefined design that improves their hydrodynamics, thus reducing energy consumption.
The CMA CGM Champs Elyesees, along with its eight 23 000 TEU sister ships (twenty-foot equivalent unit), including the CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE, will be registered at the French International Register (FIR).
They will bear the names of landmark Parisian monuments and other renowned venues and institutions from throughout the French capital (Champs Elysées, Palais Royal, Louvre, Rivoli, Montmartre, Concorde, Trocadéro, and Sorbonne).