On the occasion of World Environment Day (June 5), the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, reiterated its firm commitment to the environment. The Group is further accelerating its actions in 2019 to protect the environment and is firmly committed to the reduction of its carbon footprint. By 2022, CMA CGM will have taken delivery of 20 vessels powered by LNG.
CMA CGM has implemented numerous initiatives to make its fleet more eco-responsible. In recent years, the Group has introduced many innovations to reduce the carbon footprint of its vessels, including:
- Improvements in ship design to improve their penetration into the water and thus reduce their fuel consumption,
- Latest-generation engines which reduce fuel consumption by an average of 3% and oil consumption by 25%,
- An approved ballast water treatment system which clears the discharged water of any living organisms that may harm marine life, without releasing any chemicals into the sea,
- The creation of a Fleet Navigation Center, enabling the Group’s vessels to optimize their routes in order to reduce their fuel consumption and thus their CO2 emissions.
Thanks to its actions, the Group has achieved a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions per container transported per kilometer between 2005 and 2015. It has achieved a further 17% reduction between 2015 and 2018, in line with its 2025 objective of -30%.
Pioneer of LNG as Marine Fuel
Testimony to its ambition for the energy transition of the maritime industry, the Group has become a pioneer in the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. This energy source reduces CO2 emissions by up to 25%, sulfur and fine particles emissions by 99% and nitrogen oxide emissions by 85%.
Since 2018, the Group has taken delivery of its first two LNG-powered vessels and it will receive a total of 20 LNG-powered container ships by 2022, including nine 22,000-TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) vessels to be delivered from next year. The building of the first ship in the series was officially launched with the “steel cutting” ceremony held on 26 July at Jiangnan Shipbuilding in Shanghai, China. Four LNG Containerships will be commissioned in 2019.
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