The CMA CGM Jacques Saade is to conduct its maiden voyage later this month, becoming the largest LNG-powered container ship in the world.
The 23,000 TEU vessel will join the French-Asia Line, CMA CGM Group’s route between Asia and Northern Europe. It is planned to be the first in a series of nine LNG-powered ships in the CMA CGM fleet.
The shipping line said that using LNG enabled a 99% reduction in sulphur dioxide and fine particle emissions, and an 85% reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions.
Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and chief executive, said: “This vessel has been enhanced with the latest technologies and is the result of seven years of research and development.
“While guaranteeing the safety of our crew, it preserves air quality and will be part of our fight against global warming. It significantly improves the environmental footprint of carried goods.
“We have taken a big step forward. We need to go further to build transport that is even more respectful of the environment.”
Its maiden voyage will take place on 23rd September.