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CMA CGM and Energy Observer to try out hydrogen-powered ship

FRENCH shipping giant CMA CGM will join the team of the Energy Observer, the first hydrogen-powered vessel to soon embark on a round-the-world voyage, as its goal to become a pioneer in energy transition

17 February 2020 - 19:00

FRENCH shipping giant CMA CGM will join the team of the Energy Observer, the first hydrogen-powered vessel to soon embark on a round-the-world voyage, as its goal to become a pioneer in energy transition.

Energy Observer, formerly a legendary racing boat, is now serving as an experimental platform for tomorrow's energy sources.



'Our partnership deals with the development of cleaner and more sustainable energies to eliminate CO2 emissions, greenhouse gases and air pollutants. It aims to experiment, test and develop energy solutions based on hydrogen, solar, tidal and wind power,' it said.



Hydrogen is a limitless energy source that generates up to four times more energy than coal, three times more than diesel. The hydrogen used by Energy Observer is made from seawater using on-board renewable sources of electricity, such as solar, wind and hydropower. Producing and burning hydrogen does not result in any greenhouse gas or fine particle emissions.



Said CMA CGM executive Tanya Saade Zeenny: 'Our partnership will mobilise all of CMA CGM's knowhow. Our teams of engineers and R&D experts are already working and our network around the world will be strongly mobilised to ensure the logistical support of Energy Observer's worldwide ports of call.'



Said Energy Observer founder Victorien Erussard: 'With CMA CGM's huge experience in the shipping industry, our respective engineers and our technology partners, we have every chance of achieving our goals, which are ambitious but increasingly realistic.'


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