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Monday, April 1, 2019 

French shipping company CMA CGM recently signed two strategic agreements with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) for 10 newbuild container ships of 15,000 TEU capacity, five to be fuelled by LNG and five equipped with scrubbers.

Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of CMA CGM Group, said: “Through this strategic partnership with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, we once again opt for LNG propulsion and we reinforce our efforts to develop ever more efficient and environmentally-friendly vessels. We thereby reassert our leading role in the energy transition of the shipping industry.”

Measuring 366m long, the new vessels will be delivered from 2021 to replace 10 other vessels and will be used on the Asia-Mediterranean lines. Designed to support the Group’s growth, these ships will further strengthen its competitiveness and will be equipped with the latest environmental technologies. CMA CGM chose to power half of these newbuilds with LNG, which allows for a significant reduction in CO2, sulphur, fine particles and nitrogen oxides emissions, while the five other vessels will be fitted with hybrid scrubbers, allowing for the elimination of sulphur and fine particles emissions.

Saadé and CSSC chairman Lei Fanpei also signed an ambitious cooperation agreement to develop more efficient and environmentally-friendly vessels.

In November 2017, the Group announced an order for nine 22,000 TEU container ships powered by LNG, becoming the first shipping company in the world to choose this energy source for vessels of this size.

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