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March 1, 2021 9:45 AM, EST

CMA CGM Dedicates Six LNG-Powered Vessels to Service U.S. Customers

CMA CGM containership at the Port of Los AngelesA CMA CGM containership at the Port of Los Angeles (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics

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French ocean carrier CMA CGM Group will dedicate six liquefied natural gas-powered containerships to the United States.

Rodolphe Saadé, CEO of the Marseille-based company, said the decision was made as part of ongoing efforts to improve air quality and drive forward the energy transition of the shipping industry. He made the announcement Feb. 25 during TPM, global container shipping and logistics conference.

“The deployment of 6 LNG-powered containerships of 15,000 TEU will go along with the development of the U.S. economy in a sustainable manner,” Saadé said in a statement. “It is a strong signal in favor of the environment.

"The United States is strategic for the economic exchanges and for CMA CGM. 2021 will definitely be marked by the strengthening of the ties that have already united us for a long time. We deeply believe in the strengths of the American economy, and we’re eager to foster its responsible growth.”

CMA CGM sees the technology a step toward achieving its objective of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. The company operates 12 LNG-powered containerships and expects that number to grow to 32 by next year.

The six containerships each can carry 15,000 20-foot equivalent units. The first of the vessels is expected to be delivered by October. All ships will be fully operational by the end of next year. They will be deployed on the Pearl River Express line, a route that goes from China to the Port of Los Angeles. — Transport Topics

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