CMA CGM has signed an agreement with Total for the supply of approximately 270,000 tonnes per year of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) over 10 years.
This volume will help to cover the supply at the Port of Marseille-Fos, which CMA CGM has chosen for the bunkering of its future 15,000 teu container ships that will operate between Asia and the Mediterranean.
As part of the agreement Total will position a LNG bunker vessel at Marseille-Fos for the new container vessels, which are scheduled for delivery starting in 2021, and a complementary bunkering solution in Singapore.
According to CMA CGM, these new supply chains will further expand the use of LNG as a marine fuel, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea.
Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, said: “LNG is the only energy currently available and reliable to significantly reduce our carbon footprint. The choice of LNG to power our ships requires the complete adaptation of the entire energy supply chain and infrastructure.
“By choosing Marseille-Fos as a refuelling port for our 15,000 teu vessels, from the end of 2021, we are bringing the French container ports into this major energy transition.”
Compared to ships currently powered by fuel oil, the use of LNG reduces 99% of sulphur oxide eimissions, 99% of fine particles emissions, up to 85% of nitrogen oxide emissions and about 20% of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), which measures a ship’s environmental footprint, improves by 20% compared to a conventional vessel.
CMA CGM and Total have worked together before, having signed a strategic procurement contract for the LNG-powered 23,000 teu vessels ordered by the French carrier in December 2017. These vessels are scheduled to enter service in 2020.
The first in this series, the CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE, the world’s first ultra-large capacity LNG-powered container ship was launched in September 2019.
Total launched its first LNG supply ship, intended to supply these 23,000 vessels, in Rotterdam in November this year.
Patrick Pouranné, CEO of Total, said: “The development of LNG has a marine fuel is at the heart of our LNG strategy. This contract with CMA CGM results in the launch of a dedicated supply chain in the Port of Marseille-Fos.”
By offering LNG bunkering solutions to the supply of ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) Total and CMA CGM aim to reinforce Marseille-Fos’ attractiveness.
The CMA CGM group has had a long-standing commitment to the emergence of eco-responsible shipping ecosystem, being the first shipping company to decide against using the Northern Sea Route and having significantly reduced the speed of its vessels for over ten years.
At the French Maritime Economy Conference, Saadé recommended that French President Emmanuel Macron initiate an international coalition for the energy transition of the transportation sector whose priority will be to develop a more competitive and less carbon-intensive energy source.