Environment: CMA CGM ships to use gas by 2020

CMA CGM Group says nine (9) of its future ships of 22,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit), which are to be delivered in 2020, will be equipped with engines using liquefied natural gas.

CMA CGM announced the decision in Bonn, Germany, saying the company is becoming the first shipping company in the world to do such.

“CMA CGM is becoming the first shipping company in the world to equip giant containerships with this type of motorisation, thus pursuing its firm commitment to the protection of the environment and to ocean conservation,” said the shipping company.

CMA CGM said the development was a technological breakthrough for the environment as it will yield significant benefits.

“The use of LNG is a real technological breakthrough that will yield significant benefits compared to heavy fuel oil: up to 25% less CO2, 99% less sulphur emissions, 99% less fine particles and 85% less nitrogen oxides emissions.

“Moreover, the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), which measures a ship’s environmental footprint, is improved by 20% compared to ships only propelled by fuel oil.

“These containerships will be LNG-powered – a few percent of marine gas oil will only be used for the ignition in the combustion chamber,” according to the shipping lines.

Given reason for chosing LNG, CMA CGM said “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.

“An innovative and ambitious group engaged in the protection of our planet: The CMA CGM Group is firmly committed to the reduction of its carbon footprint for the protection of the environment and the preservation of the oceans and biodiversity.

“Between 2005 and 2015, the 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, stated: “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.”

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