CMA CGM vessels to utilize Wärtsilä technology for fleet decarbonization

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France-based shipping and logistics company CMA CGM has selected Wärtsilä to supply a range of solutions for 12 newly ordered LNG-fueled container ships.

With the aim of decarbonizing CMA CGM’s shipping operations, Wärtsilä will supply each vessel with five 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, the company’s Nacos Platinum integrated control system, a propulsion control system, STC-13 series sewage treatment plants, and fuel gas supply systems fitted with Wärtsilä’s operational performance improvement and monitoring system, called Operim. Wärtsilä’s solution utilizes digital technology and provides real-time data to ensure that the ship’s systems always run at optimal efficiency.

By operating on LNG fuel, the vessels will be able to reduce harmful emissions such as SOx by 99%, NOx by 92% and PM10 by 91%. Furthermore, the dual-fuel gas engines are also compatible with biomethane, synthetic methane and e-methane.

The order was placed in Q3 and Q4 of 2021 and consists of six 13,000 TEU container vessels being built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China, and a further six 15,000 TEU container vessels by Jiangnan Shipyard. Wartsila’s equipment is scheduled for delivery to the shipyards in 2022 with the first container ship expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2023.

“At CMA CGM we are committed to promoting sustainability in all our operations,” said Xavier Leclercq, vice-president, CMA Ships. “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 build a zero-carbon future.”

“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,” commented Håkan Agnevall, president and CEO, Wärtsilä. “It also highlights our wide range of competences across marine technologies. Both CMA CGM and Wärtsilä have a common strategy in applying LNG solutions to prepare the way towards carbon-free shipping.”

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