CMA CGM welcomes first of nine LNG-powered container ships

CMA CGM welcomes first of nine LNG-powered container ships

The first of nine 23,000 TEU container ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been delivered to CMA CGM.

The Jacques Saade joined CMA CGM Group’s fleet on September 23rd, becoming the largest LNG-powered container ship in the world. The new flagship is named after the CMA CGM founder, Jacques Saadé, a visionary and entrepreneur.

Jacques Saadé’s joining of the CMA CGM fleet was marked by a first-of-its-kind digital naming ceremony that saw the shipyard’s representatives in Shanghai and CMA CGM Group’s management in Marseille come together.

The new LNG-powered vessels are the result of seven years of research and development from CMA CGM experts. In addition to LNG motorisation, the vessels offer advanced technologies:

  • The cockpit boasts the latest embedded digital technologies to assist the commander and crew, in particular for port manoeuvres
  • The vessels feature a redesigned straight bow with an integrated bulb, a redesigned rudder, and a redesigned propeller all of which substantially improve the vessels hydrodynamics, thereby reducing energy consumption

These nine vessels bear a specific “LNG Powered” label that will be recognisable on all seas across the globe.

The Jacques Saade began its maiden voyage on September 23rd on the French Asia Line (FAL), CMA CGM Group’s most emblematic line between Asia and Northern Europe. Its rotation will lead it to the ports of Pusan in South Korea; Tianjin, Ningbo, Shanghai and Yantian, China; Singapore; Southampton, Dunkirk, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Algeciras in Europe; and Port Kelang in Malaysia. This line provides a weekly service comprising 13 calls over the course of 84 days.

Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and chief executive officer, said:“The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé embodies our commitment to the planet. This vessel has been enhanced with the latest technologies and is the result of 7 years of research and development. While guaranteeing the safety of our crew, it preserves air quality and will be part of our fight against global warming. It significantly improves the environmental footprint of carried goods. We have taken a big step forward. We need to go further to build transport that is even more respectful of the environment.”

The construction of the LNG-powered vessels have brought together many experts from across the maritime industry, including:

  • BIO-UV Group, a French specialist in ultraviolet-based water disinfection systems who provided the BIO-SEA system, a ballast water treatment technology
  • CSSC, Shanghai’s shipyards who developed a globally recognised know-how and expertise in container ship construction
  • Cryostar, a French expert in high technology cryogenic equipment who provided the LNG pumps
  • Bureau Veritas, a French classification company in charge of guaranteeing the certification of the CMA CGM JAQUES SAADE and its sister ships
  • BLM, a French company who provided winches and windlass
  • GTT, a French technology and engineering company expert in membrane containment systems, selected for the design of LNG tanks and related technical services
  • Schneider Electric, a French industrial group who designed the vessel’s electrical switchboards,
  • Sperry Marine, company based in the United Kingdom and responsible for radio navigation and platform equipment
  • Total and Rotterdam port who provided LNG refuelling services
  • Wärtsilä a technology company who provided the LNG handling system, auxiliary engines and automation system
  • WinGD, the CMA CGM Jacques Saade’s primary engine designer