CMA CGM Opts Wärtsilä LNG Technology for 12 Boxships

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  • Wärtsilä will supply 60 dual-fuel auxiliary engines and additional systems for a series of 12 boxships being built for in China for CMA CGM.
  • The series comprises six 13,000 teu vessels under construction at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO. Ltd, and six 15,000 teu vessels at Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd.

Wärtsilä has announced that it has been selected to supply equipment for 12 new LNG-fuelled 13,000 TEU container ships that are being built in Chinese shipyards for CMA CGM.

Six of the vessels are being built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, and the others are under construction at the Jiangnan Shipyard.

Engine running on biofuels

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yards this year, and the first of the 12 vessels is expected to be launched in Q3 2023.

Wärtsilä was earlier contracted to supply a similar scope for nine 23,000 TEU vessels which have since been delivered to CMA CGM; and for five 15,000 TEU ships, two of which have been delivered and three are under construction now.

According to Wärtsilä, the dual-fuel gas engines on the vessels are ‘already compatible with renewable energies such as biomethane, synthetic methane and e-methane’.

Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum integrated control system

Wärtsilä will be supplying five 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines for each of the 12 new vessels (making 60 in total).

In addition, each vessel will be equipped with the Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum integrated control system, a propulsion control system, STC-13 series sewage treatment plants and a fuel gas supply system fitted with Wärtsilä’s Operational Performance Improvement and Monitoring (Operim) system.

According to Wärtsilä, this uses digital technology to provide data in real-time so the system can ‘operate at optimal efficiency at all times, and in all weather and sea conditions’.

Zero-carbon future

Xavier Leclercq, Vice-President of CMA SHIPS, said: ‘At CMA CGM we are committed to promoting sustainability in all our operations. We are happy to work with Wärtsilä as they have a similar decarbonisation target and a very broad scope of solutions to offer. The choice of dual fuel gas vessels powered by LNG for our new ships is part of our commitment to build a zero-carbon future.’

Håkan Agnevall, President and CEO, Wärtsilä Corporation, added: ‘This large repeat order for a broad scope of Wärtsilä solutions from a valued customer marks the value of quality, reliability and sharp customer focus. It also highlights our wide range of competences across marine technologies. Both CMA CGM and Wärtsilä have a common strategy in applying LNG solutions to prepare the way towards carbon free shipping.’

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Source: Wärtsilä

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