CMA CGM, the fourth largest container shipping line in the world by market share, has said it plans to take delivery of 20 strong fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered vessels by 2022 as part of a wider commitment to making global shipping cleaner.
In a statement released for World Environment Day, which was on June 6, 2019, the carrier said it is “firmly committed” to cutting its carbon footprint and has implemented numerous initiatives to that end.
These include the improvements to ship design and developing latest-generation engines to cut fuel consumption and the creation of a Fleet Navigation Centre to help its vessels optimize their routes.
In a video accompanying the statement, CMA CGM shows the progress it has made so far. Between 2005 and 2015, for example, it cut its CO2 emissions by 50%, and is aiming for an overall cut of 70% by 2025.
Its new fleet of LNG-powered ships will include nine capable of carrying 22,000 TEU. It has already received the first vessels, with the rest due to follow by 2022.
The carrier has become a pioneer of LNG as a marine fuel as it can cut sulfur emissions by 25% and nitrogen oxide output by 85%.