Worldwide shipping and logistics company CMA CGM Group on Monday (12 October) said it welcomed the maiden arrival of the CMA CGM Jacques Saade, the world’s largest containership to be fully-powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG,) at the CMA CGM-PSA Lion Terminal in Singapore.
The CMA CGM Jacques Saade is a 23,000-TEU newbuild on her maiden voyage servicing CMA CGM’s French Asia Line 1 service that plies Asia-Europe. This line provides a weekly service comprising 13 calls over the course of 84 days, noted the company.
Following her port stop in Singapore, the CMA CGM Jacques Saade will depart for North Europe, and the Mediterranean with more than 21,000 TEUs comprising household goods, electronics, machinery and personal protective equipment, a record-breaking voyage in a single journey between Singapore and Europe.
Named after the late Jacques Saadé, founder of the CMA CGM Group, the CMA CGM Jacques Saade and her sister ships are a first in the history of shipping for LNG powered Ultra Large Container is one of the first step towards achieving CMA CGM Group’s ambitious 2050 objective of carbon neutrality, it said.
Present to receive the landmark vessel call upon the Port of Singapore this morning were Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Foreign Affairs of Singapore; Stephane Courquin, Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Asia Pacific Limited; Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore; and Tan Chong Meng, Group Chief Executive Officer of PSA International.
“Initiated by Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, this newly commissioned mega vessel is the first of our nine 23,000-TEU LNG-powered vessels to enter commercial operations. She marks a new era of sustainable giant ships to join our fleet, propelling the Group’s energy transition towards a net-zero emissions shipping industry,” said Stephane Courquin, Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Asia Pacific Limited.
“I welcome the CMA CGM Jacques Saade on her maiden call at Singapore today and CMA CGM’s commitment to reduce emissions. As part of our sustainability efforts, Singapore is similarly committed to play our part in supporting the shipping industry’s move to low to zero carbon fuels and the use of LNG in the transition,” said Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Foreign Affairs of Singapore.
“It is a great pleasure to welcome the CMA CGM Jacques Saade, on its maiden call at PSA Singapore, highlighting our strong and steadfast partnership with CMA CGM. As the shipping industry moves in a greener direction, PSA remains committed to harmonizing our port activities with environmental considerations in mind, delivering eco-efficiency alongside operational and service excellence,” said Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA International.
Photo credit: CMA CGM Group
Published: 13 October, 2020
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