CMA CGM giant vessels to run on LNG by 2020
November 8, 2017: French container shipping major CMA CGM recently announced that it will power its nine future ultra large vessels with liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines by 2020.
The announcement was made by CMA CGM during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) held in Bonn, Germany.
“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,” said Rodolphe Saadé, CEO, CMA CGM Group.
According to reports, CMA CGM is said to be the first shipping company in the world to equip its giant containerships with LNG motorization.
Despite the fact that the nine vessels will be LNG-powered, a small percent of marine gas oil will also be used for ignition in the combustion chamber.
By choosing LNG, CMA CGM goes beyond the current and future regulations that limit the sulphur cap to 0.5 percent in 2020.
Meanwhile, the Group said that it’s fully in sync with the Paris agreement and the ongoing discussions at the international level to curb carbon footprint, which is in the interest of protection of the environment, preservation of oceans and biodiversity.