The 23,000 teu, LNG-powered CMA CGM Jacques Saade was named in a digital ceremony held in Shanghai and joined CMA CGM Group’s management online in Marseille.
The newbuilding was blessed by father Francis Fang, and was then officially named by her Godmother, Tanya Saadé Zeenny.
CMA CGM has made a major commitment to LNG as fuel being the way forward with the newbuilding the first of nine 23,000 teu LNG-powered containerships being built for the company.
“This technology is one of the first step towards achieving CMA CGM Group’s ambitious 2050 objective of carbon neutrality,” CMA CGM said.
The LNG-powered containership delivers a 20% reduction in C02 emissions, has 99% lower Sox emissions, and an 85% reduction in NOx emissions.
Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and ceo of CMA CGM, said: “The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé embodies our commitment to the planet. 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.”
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