CMA CGM orders LNG-powered and scrubber-ready ships

CMA CGM orders LNG-powered and scrubber-ready ships
 Five of CMA CGM’s new ships will be powered by LNG and five will be installed with hybrid scrubbers for IMO 2020 compliance. Image courtesy of CMA CGM

CMA CGM has ordered 10 new container ships from China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), five of which will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and five of which will be fitted with hybrid scrubbers.

The ships are reported to replace ten current vessels from 2021 for operation on the Asia-Mediterranean lines. Each 15,000 TEU vessel will be compliant with the IMO’s global sulphur cap by operating with LNG or using a scrubber to reduce sulphur oxides (SOx).

Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and chief executive officer, CMA CGM Group, signed on March 25 two strategic agreements with Lei Fanpei, Chairman of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The second agreement between the two giant companies is about cooperation to develop more efficient and eco-friendlier vessels. “The CMA CGM Group thereby reasserts its commitment for the protection of the environment and the energy transition of the shipping industry,” stated CMA CGMA.

“In November 2017, the Group announced an order for nine 22,000-TEU container ships powered by LNG, becoming the first shipping company in the world to choose this energy source for vessels of this size.”

Rodolphe Saadé commented: “Through this strategic partnership with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, we once again opt for LNG propulsion and we reinforce our efforts to develop ever more efficient and environmentally-friendly vessels. We thereby reassert our leading role in the energy transition of the shipping industry.”