CMA CGM has announced plans to make its new fleet of ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) the first of their size to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
LNG will be used to power the carrier’s nine new 22,000 teu ships, which were ordered in September and will come into service from the end of 2019.
Compare to heavy fuel, LNG offers a number of environmental benefits including producing 25% less CO2, 99% less sulphur emissions, 99% less fine particles and 85% less nitrogen oxide emissions.
The Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), which measures a ship’s envrionemtal footprint, is improved by 20% when using LNG over fuel oil.
This move goes beyond planned future regulations to limit the sulphur cap to 0.5% in 2020, and will help CMA CGM move towards its target of reducing CO2 emissions per container transported by 30% between 2015 and 2025.
Between 2005 and 2015 the carrier reduced its CO2 emissions by 50%.