On the occasion of the COP23 in Bonn (Germany), the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in maritime transport, confirms to the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) – CSTC and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd – its decision to equip the 9 future ships of 22,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit), designed by MARIC, with engines using liquefied natural gas.
This type of Vessel is a real technological breakthrough for the protection of the environment, LNG allows for, compared to current ships using heavy fuel oil:
- up to 25% less CO2
- 99% less sulphur emissions
- 99% less particulate matters
- 85% less nitrogen oxides emissions
Moreover, the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), which measures a ship’s environmental footprint, is improved by 20% compared to ships only propelled by fuel oil.
As an active player and pioneer, CMA CGM ordered these nine vessels with LNG as a fuel, which is the first and largest container Vessels order with dual fuel propulsion in the world so far. The CMA CGM Group is firmly committed to the reduction of its carbon footprint for the protection of the environment and the preservation of the oceans and biodiversity. By choosing LNG, the CMA CGM Group goes beyond current and future regulations that limit the sulphur cap to 0.5% in 2020.
The successful undertaken of the dual fuel container vessel symbolized the strategic cooperation between CMA CGM Group and CSSC Group, which also proved the recognition of the capability of CSSC Group by the world’s top ship owners, the leading position of the Chinese shipbuilding industry in the world, and its ambition to be the industry’s leading force in the design and production of high-tech and high value-added Vessels.