On the occasion of the COP23 in Bonn (Germany), the CMA CGM Group announced its decision to equip its nine future ships of 22,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit), to be delivered in 2020, with engines using LNG. CMA CGM is becoming the first shipping company in the world to equip giant containerships with this type of motorization, thus pursuing its firm commitment to the protection of the environment and to ocean conservation.
The new ships will have a bunker capacity close to 18,000 cubic meters (cbm) and this represents a significantly higher volume than has been required in the LNG-powered ship market. Bureau Veritas has investigated the feasibility of the design together with shipbuilding group China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and GTT, the containment system designer.
The use of LNG is a real technological breakthrough that will yield significant benefits compared to heavy fuel oil: up to 25% less CO2, 99% less sulfur emissions, 99% less fine particles, and 85% less nitrogen oxides emissions. Moreover, the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), which measures a ship’s environmental footprint, is improved by 20% compared to ships only propelled by fuel oil.
“We have made the bold decision to equip our future 22,000 TEUs vessels with a technology firmly focused on the protection of the environment. By choosing LNG, CMA CGM confirms its ambition to be a leading force in the industry in environmental protection by being a pioneer in innovative and eco-responsible technologies,” said Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Group CEO.
The LNG-powered ultra-large containerships will be classified by Bureau Veritas, which has been closely involved in feasibility studies, working with the owner, builders and technology providers. “This is a breakthrough order for gas fueled shipping – both in scale and in the use of a membrane containment system. We have been supporting the project throughout, providing assistance to ensure the requirements for the safe use of LNG are addressed,” said Philippe Donche-Gay, President, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore.
Source: CMA CGM/Bureau Veritas