CMA CGM announced it would be the first company to equip major containerships with LNG-fired engines.
The French container liner’s nine 22,000-TEU containerships due for delivery in 2020 are to be equipped with the cleaner-burning engines, which emit up to 25% less CO2 than conventional engines.
LNG-powered ships also emit 99% less sulphur, 99% less fine particles and 85% less nitrogen oxide.
Additionally, the Energy Efficiency Design Index, which measures a ship’s environmental footprint, is improved by 20% compared to ships only powered by fuel oil.
The new ships will use a small amount of marine gas oil for the ignition in the combustion chamber.
CMA CGM Group CEO Rodolphe Saadé, said by choosing LNG, the company confirmed its ambition to be a leading force in the industry in environmental protection.
“We have made the bold decision to equip our future 22,000 TEUs vessels with a technology firmly focused on the protection of the environment,” he said.
CMA CGM is the third largest container liner in the world, and is the parent company of Australia’s ANL.
Meanwhile, this new generation of colossal and relatively clean containerships needs specialised bunkering infrastructure.
That’s where Royal Dutch Shell comes in, announcing that its subsidiary, Shell Trading (US) Company had finalised a long-term charter agreement with Q-LNG Transport for an LNG bunker barge to service customers along the southern East Coast of the US.
The LNG bunker barge will have the capacity to carry 4000 cubic metres of LNG, and will be based in the US.
Shell integrated gas and new energies director Maarten Wetselaar said the investment in LNG as a bunker fuel would help the shipping industry meet tougher emissions regulations from 2020.
“Our commitment in the Americas builds on Shell’s existing LNG bunkering activities in Singapore and Europe, as well as recently announced plans in the Middle East and gives us the ability to deliver LNG as a marine fuel to customers around the world.”
Shell has already launched an LNG bunker vessel in Europe, and has entered into a joint venture with Keppel Offshore & Marine Maritime to supply LNG bunkering.