Wartsila’s Methanol Engines Powering CMA CGM’s Eco-Revolution

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In a groundbreaking move towards decarbonisation, Wartsila, a leading technology group, has been chosen to supply methanol-fuelled auxiliary engines for French shipping giant CMA CGM. The engines will power six state-of-the-art 15,000 TEU container vessels currently under construction at Dalian Shipbuilding yard in China.

  • Wartsila to supply methanol-fueled engines for CMA CGM’s six 15,000 TEU container vessels, marking the company’s first step towards carbon neutrality.
  • Methanol choice central to CMA CGM’s decarbonisation ambitions, producing fewer pollutants and sourced from renewable energy.
  • Wärtsilä’s collaboration with CMA CGM emphasizes technological leadership in sustainable marine solutions, delivering engines by late 2024 for vessels in 2025.

A Key Step towards Carbon Neutrality

The six container vessels represent CMA CGM’s pioneering initiative to embrace sustainability, marking the company’s first foray into methanol-fuelled operations. Methanol, known for producing fewer pollutants than traditional diesel, aligns perfectly with CMA CGM’s ambitious decarbonisation goals. The choice of methanol also underscores the company’s commitment to utilizing renewable-based energy sources.

Sustainable Marine Solutions

With a shared dedication to eco-friendly marine operations, the collaboration between Wärtsilä and CMA CGM is a natural fit. Wärtsilä’s proven experience and technological leadership in developing reliable engines capable of utilizing new and sustainable marine fuels have earned them the esteemed role of supplying the methanol-fuelled engines for these cutting-edge vessels. This partnership represents a significant step towards creating more responsible, efficient, and sustainable transportation solutions for the industry.

Green Vessels

Wartsila’s comprehensive scope for each of the six vessels includes fitting three six-cylinder and one seven-cylinder Wärtsilä 32M engines, complemented by selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems. This innovative combination ensures optimal performance while minimizing environmental impact. The engines are set for delivery in late 2024, with the vessels expected to be delivered in autumn 2025, heralding a new era of cleaner and greener shipping.

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