Wärtsilä Technology for 12 LNG powered container ships

Wärtsilä has been selected as the supplier of multiple solutions for the new LNG-powered container ships ordered by CMA CGM, a global leader in shipping and logistics services based in France. This new ship series consists of 12 container ships to be built in China.

Six ships with a capacity of 13,000 standard 20-foot containers (TEU) are under construction at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO. Ltd, while six ships with a capacity of 15,000 TEU are being built at Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd. Significant Wärtsilä deliveries were ordered in the third and fourth quarters of 2021.

The first of Wärtsilä’s equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the shipyard in 2022, and the first of 12 ships are expected to be launched in the third quarter of 2023. Wärtsilä has previously been tasked with delivering equipment of the same scope to nine ships already delivered. CMA CGM vessels with capacities of 23,000 TEU and five 15,000 TEU of which two vessels have been delivered and three vessels are under construction.

By using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel in ships instead of conventional marine diesel, CMA CGM is strengthening its support for maritime operations decarbonization work. LNG eliminates nearly all air pollution, with a 99 percent reduction in sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions, a 92 percent reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx), and a 91 percent reduction in particulate emissions, and is the first step towards decarbonization.

In addition, the ship’s dual-fuel engines are compatible with renewable energy sources such as biomethane, synthetic methane and e-methane.

– At CMA CGM, we are committed to promoting sustainability in all of our operations. We are delighted to partner with Wärtsilä, as they share similar decarbonization goals and offer a wide range of solutions. The choice of LNG-fired dual-fuel vessels is part of our commitment to building a carbon-free future, said Xavier Leclercq, Vice President of CMA SHIPS.

– The large repeat orders for various Wärtsilä solutions from this valued customer highlight the value of quality, reliability and a keen customer focus. It also highlights our various competencies across marine technology. Both CMA CGM and Wärtsilä have a common strategy to use LNG solutions to pave the way for carbon-free shipping, emphasized Håkan Agnevall, president and CEO of Wärtsilä.

The selected Wärtsilä solutions are all designed for high efficiency and environmental sustainability. The delivery includes five additional Wärtsilä 34DF dual fuel engines per ship – 60 engines in total, Nacos Platinum Wärtsilä integrated control system, propulsion control system, STC-13 series sewage treatment plant and natural gas supply system – equipped with Wärtsilä System engines operations for improvement and performance monitoring. The latter uses the latest digital technology to transmit real-time data allowing the system to operate at the best efficiency at all times and in all weather and sea conditions.

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