The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE has joined CMA CGM Group’s fleet thus becoming the largest LNG-powered container ship in the world. The company has made the symbolic choice of naming its new flagship after its founder, Jacques Saadé, a visionary and entrepreneur. The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE joins the French Asia Line, CMA CGM Group’s most emblematic line between Asia and Northern Europe
In November of 2017, Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Group’s Chairman and CEO, decided to equip this series of container ships with LNG-powered engines – a first in the history of shipping for Ultra Large Container Vessels. LNG, a pioneering choice aimed at preserving air quality, is one of the first steps towards achieving CMA CGM Group’s ambitious 2050 objective of carbon neutrality. The company has thereby proven its commitment towards driving forward maritime transport’s energy transition.
The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE is the first of a series of nine 23,000 TEU container ships, a homogeneous LNG-powered fleet flying the French flag. The nine vessels are packed with innovations, the result of a long cooperation between CMA CGM’s research and development experts and industrial partners. These ships bear a specific “LNG Powered” label that will be recognizable on all seas across the globe.
A number of specialized companies played their parts in this landmark construction project, including: Cryostar (French expert in high technology cryogenic equipment who provided the LNG pumps), Bureau Veritas (French classification company in charge of guaranteeing the certification of the CMA CGM JAQUES SAADE and its sister ships), GTT (French technology and engineering company expert in membrane containment systems, selected for the design of LNG tanks and related technical services), Total and Port of Rotterdam who provided LNG refueling services, Wartsila (Finnish gas provider who handled system and auxiliary systems), and WinGD (CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE’s primary engine designer).
Source: CMA CGM