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Wärtsilä tech selected for 12 LNG-fuelled CMA CGM container ships

Finland-headed marine- and energy engineering and technology major Wärtsilä Oyj has revealed that it once again has been selected to supply a broad scope of solutions for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled container ships ordered by France-headed global shipping and logistics major CMA CGM Group. This latest series comprises 12 container vessels to be built in China.

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Launched in September 2019, the 23 000 TEU CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE is the world’s largest containership powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). It was the first vessel of a series of nine ordered by CMA CGM from Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing Shipyard in China in this new class of LNG-powered container ships (photo courtesy CMA CGM).

Six 13 000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container vessels are to be built at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd, with the other six 15 000 TEU container vessels to be built at the Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd. The orders were placed by CMA CGM in Q3 and Q4 2021.

The Wärtsilä equipment, the value of which has not been disclosed, is scheduled for delivery to the shipyards commencing in 2022, and the first of the 12 vessels is expected to be launched in Q3 2023.

Wärtsilä was earlier contracted to supply a similar scope for nine 23 000 TEU CMA CGM vessels which have been delivered and five 15 000 TEU vessels whereof two have been delivered, and three are under construction.

The first step to decarbonization

By contracting these ships to operate with LNG fuel rather than conventional marine diesel fuels, CMA CGM is emphasizing its support for efforts to decarbonize maritime operations.

Using LNG as a marine fuel eliminates almost all local air pollutants such as sulphur oxides (SOx: -99 percent), nitrogen oxide (NOx: -92 percent), and particulate matter (PM10: -91 percent) and achieves the first step toward decarbonization.

Furthermore, the dual-fuel gas engines on the vessels are already compatible with renewable gases such as bioLNG, synthetic methane, and e-methane.

At CMA CGM we are committed to promoting sustainability in all our operations. We are happy to work with Wärtsilä as they have a similar decarbonization target and a very broad scope of solutions to offer. The choice of dual-fuel gas vessels powered by LNG for our new ships is part of our commitment to building a zero-carbon future, said Xavier Leclercq, VP of CMA SHIPS.

A comprehensive scope of supply

The selected Wärtsilä solutions are all designed to deliver high efficiency and environmental sustainability. They include for each vessel five Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, 60 engines in total, delivered from its joint venture in China.

In addition, Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum integrated control system, propulsion control system, STC-13 series Sewage Treatment Plants and Fuel Gas Supply System fitted with Wärtsilä’s Operational Performance Improvement and Monitoring (Operim) system.

This utilizes the latest digital technology to provide data in real-time to allow the system to operate at optimal efficiency at all times, and in all weather and sea conditions.

This large repeat order for a broad scope of Wärtsilä solutions from a valued customer marks the value of quality, reliability, and sharp customer focus. It also highlights our wide range of competencies across marine technologies. Both CMA CGM and Wärtsilä have a common strategy in applying LNG solutions to prepare the way towards carbon-free shipping, said Håkan Agnevall, President and CEO, Wärtsilä.

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