Singapore today welcomed the maiden arrival in the port of the CMA CGM Jacques Saadé. With a total capacity of 23,000 TEU, the 400-meter long by 61-meter wide by 78-meter high, the vessel is the world’s largest containership to be fully-powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The ship arrived at the CMA CGM-PSA Lion Terminal after acceptance in China on its maiden voyage on CMA CGM’s French Asia Line 1 service between Asia and Europe. This line provides a weekly service that includes 13 port calls over the course of 84 days. Following her port stop in Singapore, the CMA CGM Jacques Saadé will depart for North Europe and Mediterranean carrying more than 21,000 TEUs of cargo, claimed to be a record-breaking total for a single voyage between Singapore and Europe.
Named after the late Jacques Saadé, founder of the CMA CGM Group, the LNG-fueled CMA CGM Jacques Saadé and her sisterships mark a first a first in the history of Ultra Large Container Vessels.
CMA CGM says that operation on LNG provides a 99% reduction in sulfur dioxide and fine particle emissions, and an 85% reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions, while emitting up to 20% less CO2 compared to conventional fuels. The company says the technology is one of the first steps towards achieving its 2050 objective of carbon neutrality.
The vessels are the result of seven years of research and development by CMA CGM and, in addition to LNG-fueling, incorporate advanced technologies such as path prediction and smart projection technologies, as well as augmented reality screens for enhanced situational awareness. Built for performance, they have hydrodynamically-optimized hull forms; and improved propellers and rudder blades, along with the Becker Twisted Fin solution, thus improving performance by optimizing water flow and significantly reducing energy consumption. Additionally, it will use a smart system to manage ventilation for the reefer containers carried in the cargo holds.
Receiving the landmark vessel in the Port of Singapore this morning were Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Foreign Affairs of Singapore; Stephane Courquin, CEO of CMA CGM Asia Pacific Limited; Quah Ley Hoon, CEO of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore; and Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO of PSA International.