The CMA CGM Group has decided to equip nine of its ultra-large 22,000 TEU vessels, due to arrive in 2020, with engines that use liquefied natural gas (LNG).
CMA CGM will be the first shipping company in the world to equip giant containerships from the outset with this type of motorization to protect the environment and encourage ocean conservation.
The use of LNG is a technological breakthrough that will yield significant benefits compared to heavy fuel oil as it creates up to 25% less CO2, 99% less sulphur emissions, 99% less fine particles and 85% less nitrogen oxides emissions.
In addition, the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), which measures a ship’s environmental footprint, improves by 20% compared to ships only propelled by fuel oil.
The LNG-powered containership will use a few percent of marine gas oil is the combustion chamber to perform its ignition.
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By choosing LNG, the CMA CGM Group goes beyond current and future regulations that limit the sulphur cap to 0.5% in 2020.
The Group is also fully in line with the Paris Agreement and the ongoing discussions at the international level.
Between 2005 and 2015, CMA CGM Group has reduced its CO2 emissions per container transported per kilometer by 50% and has set up an ambitious plan to further reduce its CO2 emissions by 30% between 2015 and 2025.
Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Group CEO, said: “We have made the bold decision to equip our future 22,000 TEUs vessels with a technology firmly focused on the protection of the environment.
“By choosing LNG, CMA CGM confirms its ambition to be a leading force in the industry in environmental protection by being a pioneer in innovative and eco-responsible technologies.”