Wärtsilä has again been selected to supply a broad scope of solutions for new LNG-fueled container ships ordered by CMA CGM, a global leader of shipping and logistics based in France. This latest series comprises 12 vessels to be built in China. Six 13,000 TEU container vessels are being built at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group), with the other six 15,000 TEU container vessels under construction at the Jiangnan Shipyard (Group). The orders were placed in Q3 and Q4 2021.
The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yards commencing in 2022, and the first of the 12 vessels is expected to be launched in Q3 2023. Wärtsilä was earlier contracted to supply a similar scope for nine 23,000 TEU CMA CGM vessels which have been delivered and five 15,000 TEU whereof two vessels are delivered, and three vessels are under construction now.
“This large repeat order for a broad scope of Wärtsilä solutions from a valued customer marks the value of quality, reliability and sharp customer focus. It also highlights our wide range of competences across marine technologies. Both CMA CGM and Wärtsilä have a common strategy in applying LNG solutions to prepare the way towards carbon free shipping,” said Håkan Agnevall, President and CEO, Wärtsilä Corporation.
By contracting these ships to operate with LNG fuel rather than conventional marine diesel fuels, CMA CGM is emphasizing its support for efforts to decarbonize maritime operations. In addition, the dual-fuel gas engines on the vessels are already compatible with renewable energies such as biomethane, synthetic methane and e-methane.
“At CMA CGM we are committed to promoting sustainability in all our operations. We are happy to work with Wärtsilä as they have a similar decarbonization target and a very broad scope of solutions to offer. The choice of dual fuel vessels powered by LNG for our new ships is part of our commitment to build a zero-carbon future,” commented Xavier Leclercq, Vice-President of CMA SHIPS.
The selected Wärtsilä solutions are all designed to deliver high efficiency and environmental sustainability. They include for each vessel five Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, 60 engines in total, delivered from the joint venture in China, Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum integrated control system, propulsion control system, STC-13 series Sewage Treatment Plants and Fuel Gas Supply System fitted with Wärtsilä’s Operational Performance Improvement and Monitoring (Operim) system. This utilizes the latest digital technology to provide data in real-time to allow the system to operate at optimal efficiency at all times, and in all weather and sea conditions.