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MARSEILLE: CMA CGM has taken delivery of the first of 10 dual-use 2,000 TEU container vessels to operate on Mediterranean and Northern Europe routes.

Initially powered by LNG to reduce sulfur oxide emissions by 99 percent, nitrogen oxide 92 percent and fine particles by 91 percent, the new fleet can also use biogas produced from bio-waste and e-methane from decarbonized hydrogen.

The company says the result will reduce CO2 emissions up to 20 percent compared to using low-sulfur marine fuel oil.

With deliveries between February 2024 and January 2025, six of the series will operate from Hamburg and Bremerhaven to serve Baltic and Scandinavian ports and four more will join CMA CGM’s Intra-Mediterranean liner network.

The result of a cooperation between designer Chantiers de l'Atlantique, engineering firm Odense Marine Technique, shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and LNG technology storage company GTT, the ships are the first in CMA CGM’s fleet to incorporate a superstructure in the bow for better aerodynamic performance and higher loading capacity compared to conventional containership architecture.

The 10 vessels will also be equipped with an alternator coupled to the main engine to power lighting at sea while the last delivery in January next year will incorporate a 1MW hydrogen fuel cell to ensure zero emissions when in port.

Capable of carrying 45’ trailer containers, the company says the ships will offer a more energy-efficient alternative to road transport in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
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