CMA CGM names LNG-fuelled boxship giant

Named after CMA CGM’s founder, the 23,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU)-capacity CMA CGM Jacques Saadé is the first in a series of nine LNG-fuelled containership being built for the French shipping company.

The occasion was marked by a digital naming ceremony that saw the shipyard’s representatives in Shanghai and CMA CGM Group’s management in Marseille celebrate the milestone.

Along with its eight 23,000 TEU sister ships, CMA CGM Jacques Saadé will be registered at the French International Register (FIR). The LNG-powered containerships will bear the names of landmark Parisian monuments and other renowned venues and institutions from throughout the French capital (Champs Elysées, Palais Royal, Louvre, Rivoli, Montmartre, Concorde, Trocadéro, and Sorbonne).

‘The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé embodies our commitment to the planet,’ commented Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. ‘This vessel has been enhanced with the latest technologies and is the result of seven years of research and development. While guaranteeing the safety of our crew, it preserves air quality and will be part of our fight against global warming. It significantly improves the environmental footprint of carried goods’

Saadé added: ‘We have taken a big step forward. We need to go further to build transport that is even more respectful of the environment.’

As’s sister publication Bunkerspot previously reported, in November 2017, Saadé, in what he described as a ‘bold decision’, announced that the company would equip the series of container ships with LNG-powered engines – a first in the history of shipping for Ultra Large Container Vessels.

It was later announced that the nine vessels would be bunkered by Total as part of a 10-year deal which will see the French energy major deliver around 300,000 tonnes a year of LNG.To facilitate this, in February 2018, Total and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) signed a long-time charter agreement for a new LNG bunker barge. The 18,600 cbm-capacity Gas Agility, which was named in a ceremony in the Port of Rotterdam on 18 September, is the largest LNG bunker vessel in the world.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry