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Engie signs MoU with CMA CGM to promote LNG as fuel for containerships

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Engie has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with CMA CGM to promote the use of LNG as a marine fuel for future container vessels.

The agreement focuses on a joint technical and economic study on LNG as a fuel for tomorrow’s containerships. It also includes a study on the development of engineering specifications for a bunkering vessel adapted to LNG-powered containerships, in order to gradually improve the logistics chain necessary to fuel these vessels, and thus promoting their implementation.

Isabelle Kocher, the CEO of Engie, said: “We are most pleased with this cooperation with CMA CGM, which is a leader of maritime transport at the international level. For ENGIE, natural gas is a key element in the energy transition. The group is actively engaged in the development of the diverse uses of retail LNG, especially for a greener mobility. Ultimately, LNG as marine fuel could lead to a massive reduction in pollutant emissions.”

Farid Salem, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, said: “LNG has many environmental advantages. It is undoubtedly the fuel of the future of the maritime shipping industry that will progressively substitute heavy fuel oil over the next few decades. CMA CGM wishes to be a pioneer in this area. And with the agreement with ENGIE this allows the company to move one step closer.”

Engie claims that the agreement rounds out a research programme that has been carried out since 2011 by CMA CGM to design increasingly environmentally friendly large capacity containerships. CMA CGM participates in the following two programmes:


  • The first regards the development of a dual-fuel large capacity containership with a propulsion system that can operate on LNG or fuel oil only. CMA CGM launched the design of this vessel in 2011 through its subsidiary CMA Ships, and in partnership with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). The design has been approved by Bureau Veritas.
  • The second project seeks to design a vessel propelled without fuel using a combined gas and steam turbine system to power this ultra large containership. The project involves DNV GL, Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), ABB, Caterpillar and OMT, and was launched in 2015.


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