Worldwide shipping and logistics company CMA CGM Group on Thursday (25 February) said it would dedicate six liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containerships to the U.S. market as part of the group’s ongoing efforts to improve air quality and drive forward the energy transition of the shipping industry.
Rodolphe Saadé, Group CEO made the announcement at the opening session of the premiere for TPM, a conference for trans-Pacific and global container shipping and logistics community.
CMA CGM expects the first of these new vessels to be delivered in October 2021, and all ships will be fully operational by the end of 2022. The six 15,000-TEU vessels will be deployed on CMA CGM’s Pearl River Express (PRX) line, which sails from China to the Port of Los Angeles.
The CMA CGM Group is currently operating 12 LNG-powered containerships, a fleet that will grow to 32 containerships of various sizes by 2022.
As a customer-centric Group, CMA CGM said it is sharing its energy transition solutions for shipping and providing its customers with effective solutions with these six 15,000-TEU LNG-powered vessels.
American customers will be able to choose to transport their goods using LNG, a new technology that helps to preserve air quality by eliminating almost all atmospheric pollutants.
Recently, the group also introduced ACT with CMA CGM+, a set of services designed to allow customers to analyze, reduce and offset their environmental impact.
As part of its policy to protect the environment, CMA CGM vessels avoid Northern Sea routes, a key policy to protect the Arctic’s fragile and unique ecosystems.
It also reduces the speed of its vessels in certain areas that serve as key breeding grounds for whales and marine mammals, such as the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada, where CMA CGM’s ships cut their speed to 10 knots to avoid the risk of collision.
“The deployment of 6 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 favor of the environment,” said CEO Saadé.
“The United States 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. We deeply believe in the strengths of the American economy and we’re eager to foster its responsible growth.”
Photo credit: CMA CGM Group
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