After three years and six months, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has completed and delivered ten 15,000 TEU container ships to its French partner CMA CGM.

The occasion was marked by the delivery of the LNG-powered container ship CMA CGM Greenland.

The container ship is a sister ship to four LNG-fueled container ships CMA CGM Patagonia (delivered September 2021), CMA CGM Kimberley (delivered December 2021), CMA CGM Everglade (delivered January 2022) and CMA CGM Galapagos ( delivered in June 2022). ).

The last electronic methane ready boxship will sail under the French flag and operate the Mediterranean Club Express (MEX) line linking Asia to the Middle East and southern Europe.

As a reminder, the company has ordered five LNG-powered sister ships China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Jiangnan Shipyard in 2019, along with five other 15,000 TEU vessels that have been earmarked for CSSC subsidiary Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding.

The series of five vessels has a container capacity of 15,254 TEUs and each vessel can carry 1,800 reefer containers. The new builds have a membrane fuel tank, bi-fuel propulsion and use LNG as the primary fuel. Each ship is 366 meters long, with a beam of 51.2 meters and a draft of 16 meters.

The remaining five 15,536 TEU vessels will burn conventional fuels and have been fitted with hybrid scrubbers, allowing for the elimination of sulfur and fine particulate emissions. TIER III compliant vessels have low fuel consumption and include CMA CGM Zephyr (delivered in August 2021), CMA CGM Hermes (delivered in October 2021), CMA CGM Osiris (delivered in November 2021), CMA CGM Apollo (delivered in January 2022) and CMA CGM Adonis (delivered in February 2022).

CMA CGM goes beyond LNG, described as a transition fuel, since it finances the development and production of renewable fuels.

The company has launched a $1.5 billion fund tasked with advancing the emergence of industrial-scale production facilities for biofuels, biomethane, e-methane, carbon-free methanol and other alternative fuels, as well as to increase and secure the volumes of these fuels in partnership with other major industrial groups mastering these technologies.

In June, CMA CGM followed in the footsteps of Maersk and ordered six 15,000 TEU fueled by methanol ships. The new builds are expected to join the CMA CGM fleet by the end of 2025.

In addition to the six methanol-powered vessels, CMA CGM also ordered ten bi-fuel vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), bringing its order book to 69 vessels.

In 2017, began investing in dual-fuel vessels that currently run on LNG. The engine installed on these vessels is already compatible with BioLNG from biomethane (-67% CO₂ emissions) or synthetic methane (including e-methane).

CMA CGM’s “e-methane ready” fleet currently has 29 vessels in service and will have 77 by 2026.