MALTA welcomed CMA CGM Jacques Saade, the world’s largest containership powered by liquefied natural gas, as she made her first call in Europe at the Malta Freeport terminal.

This represents a highly symbolic call for the CMA CGM Group’s flagship, just a few days after she set a new world record for the number of full containers loaded on a single journey – 20,723.

The vessel joined the group’s fleet on 22 September in a ceremony held in Shanghai and is currently making her maiden voyage on the group’s iconic French Asia Line (FAL 1) connecting Asia to Europe. The line provides a weekly service comprising 13 calls over 84 days.

LNG delivers a reduction of 99% in sulfur dioxide and fine particle emissions and of 85% in nitrogen oxide emissions, surpassing the requirements of current regulations. An LNG-powered vessel also emits up to 20% less CO2 than fuel-powered systems.