The first 23 000 TEU vessel in the world to be powered by liquefied natural gas.
A pioneering technology aimed at preserving air quality and accelerating maritime transport’s energy transition.
CMA CGM Group’s new flagship is the first of a series of nine 23 000 TEU container ships, a homogeneous LNG-powered fleet flying the French flag.
The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE joins the French Asia Line, CMA CGM Group’s most emblematic line between Asia and Northern Europe.
The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE has joined CMA CGM Group’s fleet thus becoming the largest LNG-powered container ship in the world. A global leader in shipping and logistics, CMA CGM has made the symbolic choice of naming its new flagship after its founder, Jacques Saadé, a visionary and entrepreneur.
LNG,a pioneering choice aimed at preserving air quality and driving the energy transition
In November of 2017, Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, decided to equip this series of container ships with LNG-powered engines – a first in the history of shipping for Ultra Large Container Vessels. The CMA CGM Group has also proven its commitment towards driving forward maritime transport’s energy transition.
Today, LNG is the most advanced solution when it comes to preserving air quality. It enables a 99% reduction in sulfur dioxide and fine particle emissions, and an 85% reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions, going well above and beyond existing regulation. LNG emits up to 20% less CO2 compared to fuel motorization. This technology is a first step towards achieving CMA CGM Group’s ambitious 2050 objective of carbon neutrality.
Innovation-packed vessels, the result of 7 years of research and development from CMA CGM experts
These nine vessels are packed with innovations, the result of a long cooperation between CMA CGM’s research and development experts and industrial partners.
In addition to LNG motorization, the vessels offer advanced technologies:
The cockpit boasts the latest embedded digital technologies to assist the commander and crew, in particular for port maneuvers;
They feature a redesigned straight bow with an integrated bulb, a redesigned rudder, and a redesigned propeller all of which substantially improve the vessels hydrodynamics, thereby reducing energy consumption.
These 9 vessels bear a specific “LNG Powered” label that will be recognizable on all seas across the globe.
An extraordinary construction project that mobilized the know-how and expertise of CMA CGM Group’s experts and their industrial partners
From its design all the way to its operation, without forgetting its construction, The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE benefited from the know-how and expertise of the best French, European, and global industry leaders. A number of specialized companies played their parts in this landmark construction project, including:
BIO-UV Group, a French specialist in ultraviolet-based water disinfection systems who provided the BIO-SEA system, a ballast water treatment technology;
CSSC, Shanghai’s shipyards who developed a globally recognized know-how and expertise in container ship construction;
Cryostar, a French expert in high technology cryogenic equipment who provided the LNG pumps;
Bureau Veritas, a French classification company in charge of guaranteeing the certification of the CMA CGM JAQUES SAADE and its sister ships;
BLM, a French company who provided winches and windlass;
GTT, a French company who designed the LNG tanks;
Schneider Electric, a French industrial group who designed the vessel’s electrical switchboards;
Sperry Marine, company based in the United Kingdom and responsible for radio navigation and platform equipment;
Total and Rotterdam port who provided LNG refueling services;
Wartsila, a Finnish gas provider who handled system and auxiliary systems;
WingGD, the CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE’s primary engine designer.
CMA CGM pioneers France’s LNG field of excellence in maritime transport
The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE, along with its eight 23 000 TEU sister ships (twenty-foot equivalent unit) will be registered at the French International Register (FIR). They will bear the names of landmark Parisian monuments and other renowned venues and institutions from throughout the French capital (Champs Elysées, Palais Royal, Louvre, Rivoli, Montmartre, Concorde, Trocadéro, and Sorbonne). CMA CGM has chosen Total as part of a major industrial partnership to supply them with gas. Thereby making CMA CGM the initiator in structuring a genuine LNG industry of excellence for maritime transport.
A first journey on the largest sea route in the world at the heart of exchanges between Asia and Europe
The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE will start its maiden voyage as of September 23rd on the French Asia Line (FAL), CMA CGM Group’s symbolic line between Asia and Northern Europe. Its rotation will lead it to the emblematic ports of Pusan in South Korea; Tianjin, Ningbo, Shanghai and Yantian, China; Singapore; Southampton, Dunkirk, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Algeciras in Europe; and Port Kelang in Malaysia. This line provides a weekly service comprising 13 calls over the course of 84 days.
On the occasion of the CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE’scoming into service, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, declared: “The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé embodies our commitment to the planet. This vessel has been enhanced with thelatest technologies and is the result of 7 years of research and development.
While guaranteeing the safety of our crew, it preserves air quality and will be partof our fight against global warming. It significantly improves theenvironmental footprint of carried goods. We have taken a big step forward. Weneed to go further to build transport that is even more respectful of the environment.”