CMA CGM Unveils Eco-Friendly Container Ships

CMA CGM Group has introduced the CMA CGM MERMAID, the first of 10 new 2,000 TEU container ships powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). These vessels, tailored for enhanced energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, are set to operate in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. The innovative design targets a remarkable -20% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional maritime fuel designs.

As part of the company’s $15 billion fleet renewal initiative, the delivery aligns with CMA CGM’s commitment to achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2050. Collaborating with industry experts such as Chantiers de l’Atlantique, OMT, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, and GTT, the project showcases cutting-edge naval architecture.

Featuring a redesigned hull for superior hydrodynamic and aerodynamic performance, these ships boast superstructures at the front and a straight bow, reducing fuel consumption by 15% per trip.

Powered by LNG, these vessels significantly slash emissions and are adaptable to biogas and e-methane from decarbonized hydrogen. Equipped with an alternator and a potent fuel cell, the ships ensure energy efficiency and emit zero emissions when berthed.

Scheduled for delivery between February 2024 and January 2025, these vessels will serve short-distance routes in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, presenting an energy-efficient alternative to road transport. CMA CGM MERMAID is poised to embark on its inaugural journey from Busan, South Korea.