CMA CGM Group launches world’s largest LNG container ship

The CMA CGM Group announced the launch of the largest and first ultra-large container ship in the world (23,000 TEUs) powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The milestone was reached at the Jiangnan-Changxing shipyard in Shanghai, at an event witnessed by Rodolphe Saadé, president and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, French and Chinese officials, business leaders and customers of the CMA CGM Group.

The “CMA CGM Jacques Sadeé,” the first of this new class of ship.

The “CMA CGM Jacques Sadeé,” the first of this new class of ship.

In 2017, Rodolphe Saadé announced his decision to order a series of nine container ships of 23,000 TEUs that would be the first in the world to be propelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Through this strategic choice, the CMA CGM Group reaffirmed its firm commitment to protect the environment and lead the energy transition of the industry.

According to CMA CGM, LNG helps reduce the emission of sulfur oxides and fine particles by 99%, emissions of nitrogen oxides by up to 85% and carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 20%.

These new ships will be incorporated into the Group’s fleet in 2020 on the Asia-North Europe route and will be registered in the French International Register (RIF), confirming the Group’s commitment to operate under the French flag.

In addition, the nine new container ships will feature a state-of-the-art bridge design, the first in the world to offer four important innovations to help the captain and crew:

  • a tactical screen that offers improved map views for more dynamic navigation information
  • a route prediction system optimized to show the expected position of the ship in the next three minutes
  • a “smart eye” system that projects a bird’s eye view of the area surrounding the ship
  • Augmented reality screens that provide the crew with accurate information about the ship’s rotation speed, distance from the dock and transverse speeds.

The “CMA CGM Jacques Sadeé,” the first of this new class of ship is equipped with an intelligent system to manage the ventilation of the refrigerated containers carried in its holds.

To further improve the environmental performance of the ship and the other vessels, the shapes of their hulls have been hydrodynamically optimized.

The bulbous bows have been integrated perfectly into the hull profiles and the bows are straight.

The helix and the rudder have also been improved, along the so-called Becker Twisted Fin.

The exceptionally large ships of 400 meters in length and 61 meters in length will be distinguished from the rest of the fleet by the “LNG POWERED” logo, which attests to the great global innovation that represents the LNG propulsion on ships of this size.

With the name of the first CMA CGM container ship “Jacques Saadé”, the Group wanted to symbolically give the name of its founder to its future flagship.

A visionary businessman, Jacques Saadé made CMA CGM one of the world’s leading shipping companies while maintaining his family dimension and strong values. In this way he left a lasting mark on the entire shipping industry.

During the launching ceremony, Rodolphe Saadé, president and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, stated: “With the launch of the first 23,000 TEUs ship powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, we demonstrate that the energy transition can succeed in our industry if all the actors work together, paving the way for a global approach to maritime transport in which economic growth and competitiveness can coexist with sustainability and the fight against climate change.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *