CMA CGM will dedicate a fleet of 15,000 teu liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered containerships to the US market as part of the group’s ongoing efforts to improve air quality.
The first of these new vessels will be delivered in October 2021, and all ships are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2022.
Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and chief executive officer of the CMA CGM group, said: “The deployment of six LNG-powered containerships of 15,000 teu will go along with the development of the US economy in a sustainable manner. It is a strong signal in favour of the environment.
“The US is strategic for the economic exchanges and for CMA CGM, 2021 will definitely be marked by the strengthening of the ties that have already united us for a long time.”
All six vessels will be deployed on CMA CGM’s Pearl River Express (PRX) line, which sails from China to the Port of Los Angeles.
As part of its ambitious 2050 objective of carbon neutrality, CMA CGM currently operates 12 LNG-powered containerships which will eventually grow to a fleet of 32 ships of various sizes by 2022.
LNG delivers a 99% reduction in sulfur dioxide, 91% reduction in particulate matter emissions and a 92% decrease in nitrogen oxide emissions which surpasses current regulation requirements.
An LNG-powered vessel emits up to 20% less CO2 than fuel-powered systems and CMA CGM has pledged that alternative fuels will cover at least 10% of its consumption by 2023.
The CMA CGM group also recently introduced ACT with CMA CGM+, which is a set of services designed to allow customers to analyse, reduce and offset their environmental impact.
CMA CGM aims to continue to incorporate the latest advanced technologies to serve the needs of its customers in the US and globally.