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CMA CGM, Shell team up to power box ships with marine biofuel

FRENCH shipping giant CMA CGM Group is partnering with Shell to supply tens of thousands of tonnes of marine biofuel to its fleet to allow the group's ships to travel one million kilometres, equivalent to over 80 round-trips between Rotterdam and New York

CMA CGM, Shell team up to power box ships with marine biofuel

FRENCH shipping giant CMA CGM Group is partnering with Shell to supply tens of thousands of tonnes of marine biofuel to its fleet to allow the group's ships to travel one million kilometres, equivalent to over 80 round-trips between Rotterdam and New York

19 December 2019 - 19:00

FRENCH shipping giant CMA CGM Group is partnering with Shell to supply tens of thousands of tonnes of marine biofuel to its fleet to allow the group's ships to travel one million kilometres, equivalent to over 80 round-trips between Rotterdam and New York.

The group became the first shipowner globally to successfully test the use of a marine biofuel onboard two containerships this year, reported Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide.



The fuel used is composed of 80 per cent of low sulphur fuel oil and 20 per cent of a biofuel made of used cooking oil. The biofuel used reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent and virtually eliminates sulphur oxides emissions.



This new partnership follows on the group's initiatives for environmental protection and makes the carrier the first shipping company in the world to develop liquefied natural gas for ultra-large container vessels, with the ordering of a series of a nine 23,000 TEU containerships powered by LNG.



LNG reduces sulphur oxides and fine particles emissions by 99 per cent, nitrogen oxides emissions by up to 85 per cent and CO2 emissions by one-fifth.



Beyond technical solutions to limit greenhouse gas emissions, CMA CGM wants to unite all maritime transport actors in an international coalition initiated by chief executive officer Rodolphe Saade and supported by French President Emmanuel Macron. This high-level coalition will work towards the emergence of tomorrow's clean energy for de-carbonised transport.


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