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CMA CGM launch world’s first 23 000 TEU container ship powered by LNG

CMA CGM has made the symbolic choice of naming its new flagship after its founder, Jacques Saadé, a visionary and entrepreneur.

PortandTerminal.com, September 22, 2020

MARSEILLE – Shipping line CMA CGM announced today that the JACQUES SAADE has joined its fleet. The company’s new flagship vessel is the first 23,000 TEU  container vessel in the world to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). It is also the first of a series of nine LNG powered 23,000 TEU container ships that CMA CGM will be launching.

Why LNG?

LNG is considered to be the most advanced solution when it comes to preserving air quality, enabling a 99% reduction in sulfur dioxide and fine particle emissions and an 85% reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions – surpassing current regulations. LNG also emits up to 20% less CO2 compared to conventional fuels and is viewed by CMA CGM as its “first step towards achieving CMA CGM Group’s ambitious 2050 objective of carbon neutrality”.

Rodolfe Saadé, current CMA CGM Chairman and CEO (left) shown here with his late father Jacques Saadé, founder and former head of the company.
Rodolfe Saadé, current CMA CGM Chairman and CEO (left) shown here in 2017 with his late father Jacques Saadé, founder and former head of the company.

“The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé embodies our commitment to the planet. This vessel has been enhanced with the latest technologies and is the result of 7 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. We have taken a big step forward. We need to go further to build transport that is even more respectful of the environment.”Rodolfe Saadé

Servicing the French Asia Line

Ship crew. Green container ship bow in background
The proud CMA CGM Jacques Saade crew

The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE will start its maiden voyage as of September 23rd on the French Asia Line (FAL), CMA CGM Group’s most emblematic line between Asia and Northern Europe.

Its rotation will lead it to the ports of Pusan in South Korea; Tianjin, Ningbo, Shanghai and Yantian, China; Singapore; Southampton, Dunkirk, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Algeciras in Europe; and Port Kelang in Malaysia. This line provides a weekly service comprising 13 calls over the course of 84 days.

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