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Launching of the World’s Largest LNG-Powered Containership and Future CMA CGM Group Flagship

The CMA CGM Group, a leading worldwide shipping and logistics group, is pleased to announce the launching of the world’s largest containership (23,000 TEU) powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

This major milestone in the construction of the world’s first LNG-powered ultra large containership was reached today at the Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing Shipyard, at an event attended by Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, French and Chinese officials, business leaders and CMA CGM Group customers.

The first in a new fleet of French-flagged LNG-powered vessels

In 2017, Rodolphe Saadé announced his decision to order a series of nine 23,000-TEU containerships that would be the world’s first ever to be powered by liquefied natural gas. Through this strategic choice, the CMA CGM Group reaffirmed its assertive commitment to safeguarding the environment and leading the industry’s energy transition.

A clean energy, LNG helps to reduce:

emissions of sulphur oxides and fine particles by 99%
nitrogen oxides emissions by up to 85%
carbon dioxide emissions by around 20%

These new vessels will join the Group’s fleet in 2020 on the French Asia Line (Asia-Northern Europe) and will be registered in the French International Register (RIF), confirming the Group’s commitment to operating under the French flag.