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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 

CMA CGM in Marseille and the CSSC shipyard in Shaghai have jointly held a digital naming ceremony for ‘CMA CGM Jacques Saade’, the first of a series of nine 23,000 TEU container vessels, powered by WinGD dual-fuel engines running on LNG.

In November 2017, Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Group’s Chairman and CEO, announced the decision to equip this series of container ships with LNG-powered engines – a first for Ultra Large Container Vessels. The CMA CGM Group has thereby proven its commitment towards driving forward maritime transport’s energy transition. CMA CGM says that today, LNG is the most advanced solution when it comes to preserving air quality. It enables a 99% reduction in sulphur dioxide and fine particle emissions, and an 85% reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions, going well above and beyond existing regulation. Current LNG engines emit up to 20% less CO2 compared to diesel fuel motors, making LNG technology one of the first step towards achieving CMA CGM Group’s 2050 objective of carbon neutrality. 

In addition to LNG propulsion, the vessels offer other advanced technologies. The bridge features embedded digital technologies to assist the commander and crew, in particular for port manoeuvres. A redesigned straight bow with integrated bulb, redesigned rudder, and redesigned propeller all substantially improve the vessels' hydrodynamics, thereby reducing energy consumption. Each of the nine newbuilds will bear a specific 'LNG Powered' logo.

Various companies have contributed to the project, including: BIO-UV Group, a French ballast water treatment supplier; shipbuilder CSSC; Cryostar, French cryogenic equipment manufacturer, providing LNG pumps; Bureau Veritas, a French classification society; BLM deck equipment; GTT, LNG tank design and related technical services; Schneider, electrical switchboards; Sperry Marine, bridge equipment; WinGD, engine design; Wärtsilä, gas and auxiliary system design; and Total and Rotterdam Port, providers of LNG refuelling services.

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