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Thursday, September 26, 2019 

The CMA CGM Group has launched what it says is the world's largest containership (23,000 TEU) powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The ship - named CMA CGM Jacques Saadé, after the group's founder - is under construction at the Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing Shipyard, and is the first in a new clas of nine ULCCs powered by LNG.

These new vessels will join the Group's fleet in 2020 on the French Asia Line (Asia-Northern Europe) and will be registered in the French International Register (RIF), confirming the Group's commitment to operating under the French flag. In addition, the nine newbuilds will feature a novel bridge design, including:

  • a tactical display offering enhanced map views for more dynamic navigation briefings
  • a path prediction system optimised to display the ship’s predicted position in the next three minutes
  • a smart eye system projecting a bird’s-eye view of the ship’s surrounding area
  • augmented reality screens offering the crew precise information on the ship's rate of rotation, distance from the wharf and transverse speeds.

The Jacques Saadé will be equipped with a smart system to manage ventilation for the reefer containers carried in the hold.

To further improve the environmental performance the hull forms have been hydrodynamically optimised, with the bulb seamlessly integrated into the hull profile and a straight bow. The propeller and rudder design have been optimised, with a Becker Twisted Fin.

The 400m x 61m ships will be distinguished by a special livery displaying an “LNG POWERED” logo.

Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, said: “With the launching of the first 23,000-TEU ship powered by Liquified Natural Gas, we demonstrate that energy transition can be successful in our industry if all the players work together. It paves the way to a global shipping approach where economic growth and competitiveness can coexist sustainability and the fight against climate change.”

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