French container transportation and shipping firm CMA CGM Group on Monday (25 March) placed an order for ten 15,000 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity box newbuildings from China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).
The ten vessels, five powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the other half equipped with hybrid scrubbers, will be able to meet IMO 2020 emissions standards.
Measuring 366 meters long, they will be delivered from 2021 in replacement of ten other vessels and will be used on the Asia-Mediterranean lines.
The agreements were signed between Lei Fanpei, Chairman of CSSC, and Rodolphe Saade, Chairman and CEO of CMA CGM Group, in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“Through this strategic partnership with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, we once again opt for LNG propulsion and we reinforce our efforts to develop ever more efficient and environmentally-friendly vessels,” said Saade.
“We thereby reassert our leading role in the energy transition of the shipping industry.”
Photo credit: CMA CGM
Published: 26 March, 2019
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