Wartsila Technologies for 12 LNG-Fuelled Container Ships Support CMA CGM

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 1/4/2022, Location: Europe

The technology group Wartsila has again been selected to supply a broad scope of solutions for new LNG-fuelled container ships ordered by CMA CGM, a global leader of shipping and logistics based in France. This latest series comprises 12 container vessels to be built in China. Six 13,000 TEU container vessels are being built at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO. Ltd, with the other six 15,000 TEU container vessels under construction at the Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd. The valuable orders were placed in Q3 and Q4 2021.

The Wartsila equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yards commencing in 2022, and the first of the 12 vessels is expected to be launched in Q3 2023. Wartsila was earlier contracted to supply a similar scope for nine 23K TEU CMA CGM vessels which have been delivered and five 15K TEU whereof 2 vessels are delivered, and 3 vessels are under construction now.

By contracting these ships to operate with LNG fuel rather than conventional marine diesel fuels, CMA CGM is emphasizing its support for efforts to decarbonize maritime operations. LNG eliminates almost all air pollutants such as sulphur oxides (Sox: -99%) and nitrogen oxide (NOx: -92%) and particulates (PM10: -91%) and achieves a first step toward decarbonization. The dual-fuel gas engines on the vessels are already compatible with renewable energies such as biomethane, synthetic methane and e-methane.

"At CMA CGM we are committed to promoting sustainability in all our operations. We are happy to work with Wartsila 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,” said Xavier Leclercq, Vice-President of CMA SHIPS.

Hakan Agnevall, President and CEO, Wartsila Corporation, commented: “This large repeat order for a broad scope of Wartsila solutions from a valued customer marks the value of quality, reliability and sharp customer focus. It also highlights our wide range of competences across marine technologies. Both CMA CGM and Wartsila have a common strategy in applying LNG solutions to prepare the way towards carbon free shipping.”

The selected Wartsila solutions are all designed to deliver high efficiency and environmental sustainability. They include for each vessel five Wartsila 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, 60 engines in total, delivered from the joint venture in China, Wartsila’s Nacos Platinum integrated control system, propulsion control system, STC-13 series Sewage Treatment Plants and Fuel Gas Supply System fitted with Wartsila’s Operational Performance Improvement and Monitoring (Operim) system.

This utilizes the latest digital technology to provide data in real-time to allow the system to operate at optimal efficiency at all times, and in all weather and sea conditions.


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