Marseille - CMA CGM has said it will not use the Arctic Sea Route. The group’s chairman and chief executive officer, Rodolphe Saadé has announced this major move together with the decision to give priority to liquefied natural gas to power its future ships.
Ahead of the G7 meeting at Biarritz, French President Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Labour Muriel Pénicaud, and Deputy Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Brune Poirson, has invited to the Elysée Palace representatives of the French shipping industry: Brittany Ferries, Corsica Ferries, Corsica Linea, Express des îles, Jifmar, La Méridionale, LDA, Orange Marine, Ponant and CMA CGM.
The Northern Sea Route, which runs the length of the Siberian Coast, connects Asia to Europe. It has been made navigable due to the effects of global warming. Rich in its unique and largely unexplored biodiversity, the Arctic plays an essential role in regulating ocean currents and global climate patterns. The use of the Northern Sea Route will represent a significant danger to the unique natural ecosystems of this part of the world, mainly due to the numerous threats posed by accidents, oil pollution or collisions with marine wildlife.
Liquefied natural gas offers the best proven solution available to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of maritime transport. The use of LNG reduces: emissions of sulphur and fine particles by 99%, nitrogen oxides emissions by 85%, carbon dioxide emissions by up to 20%.