Giant container ship
7 November 2017

Climate: first leg complete for maritime transport!

Nicolas Hulot, Ministre d’État, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and Élisabeth Borne, Minister for Transport (attached to the latter Minister), have praised the landmark decision reached by the CMA CGM Group, the world's 3rd largest container shipping company, to equip its future giant container ships with engines using liquefied natural gas (LNG).
CMA CGM's decision, a first in the industry, is a glowing example of innovative capacity being harnessed for the protection of the environment and the preservation of the oceans and biodiversity: choosing LNG to power its container ships of 22,000 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) clearly demonstrates French industry's ambition to help drive the energy transition.
Portrait of Nicolas Hulot
"Through this responsible choice, the CMA CGM Group is spearheading the battle for our planet, a position in which I would like to see French industry across the board. I very much hope that this courageous decision, in the innovation it represents, will inspire the whole of the maritime industry to follow suit by investing in ever more eco-responsible innovative projects."
Nicolas Hulot
Ministre d’État, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

This decision fits squarely in with the historic Paris climate agreement and the regulations adopted by the International Maritime Organisation in October 2016, aimed at reducing the global limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships from 3.5% to 0.5%, from 1 January 2020. It also chimes with the objectives of the Climate Plan, which intends to set France on course for honouring these agreements.
"At a time when the energy transition represents one of the major challenges for maritime transport, I am delighted that a French flagship company like CMA CGM has chosen to make a firm commitment in this direction. This should come as a strong encouragement to the sector as a whole, which should particularly enable this type of refuelling to be developed swiftly in our main ports," Élisabeth Borne, Minister for Transport, said.