CMA CGM has announced that its 23,000 TEU LNG-powered mega-ship fleet has been given certification recognising its environmentally friendly credentials from classification society Bureau Veritas.
In a statement, the carrier, the fourth biggest in the world, described the recognition as “a major step” in its energy transition.
The certification applied specifically to the WinGD X92DF dual-fuel engine which is fitted onboard the CMA CGM Jacques Saadé – the Group’s future flagship – and its eight 23,000 TEU sister ships.
A ceremony was held on 26 May, 2020 by video conference, which was attended by Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group.
According to CMA CGM, the WinGD X92DF is the world’s most powerful two-stroke dual-fuel engine ever built. At 63,840 kW, it delivers power equal to 60 wind turbines.
The engine is built using the same approach as for those currently found on the Group’s series of 20,600 TEU vessels (CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupéry, CMA CGM Jean Mermoz, CMA CGM Louis Blériot), the only difference being that this one will run on cleaner fuel.
The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé will now be able to perform its LNG trials in the coming weeks. Earlier this month, the container ship successfully tested the connection with its fuel supply vessel, a ship specifically designed to bunker the Group’s LNG-powered 23,000 TEU.