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CMA CGM REJECTS NORTHERN SEA ROUTE, ADOPTS LNG FUEL INSTEAD

Monday, August 26, 2019 

Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, has announced two major decisions, namely that CMA GGM will prioritise LNG as fuel for its future ships, and that the CMA CGM fleet will not use the Northern Sea Route.

The reason behind not using the Arctic route is to help maintain the area's unique biodiversity, with the area playing an essential role in regulating ocean currents and global climate patterns. To avoid posing a greater threat to this fragile environment, Saadé has decided that none of the CMA CGM Group’s 500 vessels will use the Northern Sea Route along Siberia, which is now open due to climate change.

CMA CGM claims to be leading the way with its decision to use LNG power in its ultra-large ships that carry up to 23,000 containers. The first of a new class of nine container vessels will be delivered in 2020; by 2022, the Group will have 20 LNG-powered vessels in its fleet.

CMA CGM continues its research into other energy sources and was the world’s first container shipping company to successfully test a biofuel oil, made with 20% recycled vegetable oils and forest residues. It is also establishing research partnerships to develop hydrogen as a potential long-term energy solution.

Committed to the industry’s energy transformation, CMA CGM is continuously innovating in order to equip its fleet with the most environmentally-friendly technology. Between 2005 and 2015, the Group has already reduced its CO2 emissions per container transported by 50% and has a target to further reduce these emissions by a further 30% by 2025.

Saadé said: “We make these choices to meet the needs of our employees and our customers, who are increasingly concerned about the environment. But above all, we make these decisions for the future, to leave our children a cleaner planet. These are brave, bold choices, which go far beyond purely business decisions. This is a firm belief for us, born out of our family ethos and our strong human values, to make responsible, forward-looking choices. That is how we plan to build fairer, more environmentally-friendly trade, and I invite the entire industry – competitors, partners and customers – to join us.”

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