CMA CGM Group orders 7 new biogas-powered container ships
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CMA CGM Group has announced the rollout of seven new container ships powered by biogas that will operate on services to the French West Indies.
The vessels will serve Guadeloupe and Martinique, replacing smaller ships dedicated to routes between the French West Indies, France and Europe.
Four the of the ships are 7,300 TEU vessels, with other three being 7,900 TEU. All of the 7 container ships each have 1,385 Reefer plugs and shall delivered gradually as of 2024.
The larger vessels will also require the CMA CGM Group to modernize and increase the capacity of the biggest shipping ports in Guadeloupe and Martinique, as well as making wharfs larger.
The Group says the aim of the investment is to support to its customers and partners and more generally to the economies of Martinique and Guadeloupe.
According to CMA CGM, Biogas produced from biomass reduces CO2 emissions by 67% compared with conventional fuel and cuts sulfur oxide emissions by 99%, fine particle emissions by 91% and nitrogen oxide emissions by 92%.
The dual fuel gas engine technology developed by CMA CGM since 2017 is able to use biogas as well as synthetic methane. CMA CGM already has 31 e-methane ready container ships in its fleet fitted with dual-fuel engines. It will have 77 of these vessels by 2026.