CMA CGM’s recent vessels are equipped with the technology required to use cold ironing and CMA CGM is conducting an extensive retrofitting programme to enable other container ships to use an onshore power supply, says an article published on Riviera.
Onshore power supply
By the end of 2022, 13 CMA CGM vessels calling at the port of Shanghai will connect to the onshore power supply, and by mid-2023, this number will increase to reach 50.
Beyond significantly improving air quality and reducing CO2 emissions and noise pollution, this co-operation follows the successful pioneering of LNG simultaneous operation bunkering (SIMOPS) achieved in March 2022 in Shanghai.
Environmentally responsible solutions
CMA CGM China chief executive Ludovic Renou said, “CMA CGM is committed to installing more environmentally responsible solutions on board our vessels, the Group supports cold ironing and we will continue to equip our fleet accordingly. We are breaking new ground by partnering with SIPG, our strategic partner, to collaborate on mass-scale cold ironing, another landmark in our partnership after the historic China’s first LNG SIMOPS bunkering jointly completed by us in March this year. Looking ahead, we will continue to drive forward meaningful transformations to pioneer the energy transition together.”
Journey of decarbonisation
SIPG general manager of engineering and equipment department Wenbin Luo commented, “SIPG has always been committed to the development of green ports and has supported the energy transformation and decarbonisation of shipping. This year, SIPG and CMA CGM jointly established the LNG bunkering centre at Shanghai Port. Today, SIPG and CMA CGM have confirmed the long-term strategic co-operation of cold ironing, and SIPG will continue to provide onshore power supply services for CMA CGM vessels at Shanghai Port. We firmly believe enhanced co-operation between ports and shipping companies will accelerate the journey of decarbonisation.”
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