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CMA CGM plans to order six more methanol-fuelled boxships from China

11 Nov 2022

CMA CGM plans to double its order for methanol-fuelled container ships from China with six more 15,000 TEU methanol-powered boxships , according to recent French media reports.

In addition, the French shipping giant will also order 24,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel container ships in Hudong–Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd.

The announcement was revealed by CMA CGM CEO Rodolphe Saade at the Shipping Economics Conference in Lille, France.

According to the reports, Rodolphe Saade told audiences: “Depending on the approval of our board, we will order six more 15,000 TEU methanol-fuelled container ships in the next few weeks, bringing the number of CMA CGM methanol ships to 12.”

In August, the liner placed an order for six methanol dual-fuel vessels at China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry (DSIC), part of CSSC.

Chris Chatterton, Chief Operating Officer, The Methanol Institute, in welcoming the news, said: “The newbuilding order from a significant shipping player signals an unwavering confidence in methanol to the shipping industry.”

“This further cements methanol’s credentials as a viable alternative bunker fuel that shipowners can adopt today.”

Manifold Times previously reported CMA CGM on Sunday (5 June) saying it has ordered 16 vessels, including 10 liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual fuel vessels and six methanol dual fuel vessels.

Related: CMA CGM orders 10 LNG dual fuel vessels, six methanol dual fuel ships


Photo credit: CMA CGM

Published: 17 November, 2022

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