Marseille - French CMA CGM shipping and logistics group has announced the launching of the “world’s largest containership”, 23,000 TEU, powered by liquefied natural gas, LNG.
Rodolphe Saadé, the group’s chairman and chief executive, announced his decision to order a series of nine 23,000-TEU containerships that would be “the world’s first ever to be powered by liquefied natural gas”.
A clean energy, LNG helps to reduce: emissions of sulphur oxides and fine particles by 99% nitrogen oxides emissions by up to 85% carbon dioxide emissions by around 20% These new vessels will join the Group’s fleet in 2020 on the French Asia Line (Asia-Northern Europe) and will be registered in the French International Register (RIF), confirming the Group’s commitment to operating under the French flag.In addition, the nine newbuilds will feature a state-of-the-art bridge design, the world’s first to deliver four major innovations to assist the captain and crew: a tactical display offering enhanced map views for more dynamic navigation briefings a path prediction system optimised to display the ship’s predicted position in the next three minutes a smart eye system projecting a bird’s-eye view of the ship’s surrounding area augmented reality screens offering the crew precise information on the ship’s rate of rotation, distance from the wharf and transverse speeds.
The first vessel in this new class of 23,000-TEU LNG-powered containerships, the CMA CGM “Jacques Saade” will also be equipped with a smart system to manage ventilation for the reefer containers carried in the hold.
By naming the world’s first LNG-powered, 23,000-TEU container ship CMA CGM Jacques Saade, the Group has given the name of its founder to its future flagship. Jacques Saadé was the entrepreneur who built CMA CGM into one of the world’s leading maritime shipping companies.