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CMA CGM Group announces marine biofuel off-take deal with Shell

France-headed CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, has announced a partnership with Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) to supply tens of thousands of tonnes of marine biofuel to its fleet. This quantity, which is unique in the industry, will allow the Group's ships to travel nearly 1 million kilometers, equivalent to over 80 round-trips between Rotterdam and New York.

Shipping major CMA CGM Group has announced a partnership with Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) to supply tens of thousands of tonnes of marine biofuel to its fleet. The first of its kind off-take deal, the fuel to be supplied by Shell consists of a low sulphur fuel oil with a 20 percent blend of used cooking oil (UCO) derived biofuel (photo courtesy CMA CGM).

In November 2019, CMA CGM Group became the first shipowner in the world to successfully test the use of a marine biofuel onboard the container ships CMA CGM WHITE SHARK and CMA CGM ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT.

In the next step, CMA CGM accelerates and expands in the shipping industry the use of biofuel. The fuel used is composed of 80 percent of Low Sulphur Fuel Oil and 20 percent of a biofuel made of used cooking oil (UCO). The biofuel used reduces greenhouse (GHG) gas emissions by 80 percent and virtually eliminates sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions.

This new partnership with Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) follows on the Group’s initiatives for environmental protection and confirms its pioneering role in the energy transition of the shipping industry.

In September 2019, CMA CGM became the world’s first shipping company to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) for ultra-large container vessels, with the ordering of a series of a nine 23 000-TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) containerships powered by LNG.

Although a fossil fuel, using LNG reduces SOx and fine particles (PM) emissions by 99 percent, nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by up to 85 percent and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by around 20 percent compared to conventional marine fuels

Call for global transport and logistics coalition

Beyond technical solutions to limit greenhouse gas emissions, CMA CGM wants to unite all maritime transport actors in an international coalition initiated by Rodolphe Saadé, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group and supported by French President Emmanuel Macron.

This high-level coalition will work towards the emergence of tomorrow’s clean energy for de-carbonized transport.

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