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Wärtsilä to supply LNG shipping solutions for CMA CGM

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Wärtsilä has been selected to supply a broad scope of solutions for 12 new LNG-fuelled container ships ordered by CMA CGM.

The order comprises 12 container vessels to be built in China. Six 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container vessels are being built at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group, with the other six 15,000 TEU container vessels under construction at the Jiangnan Shipyard Group.

The ships will operate with LNG rather than conventional marine diesel fuels and the dual-fuel gas engines are already compatible with renewable fuels, such as biomethane, synthetic methane and e-methane.

Wärtsilä was previously contracted to supply a similar scope for nine 23K TEU CMA CGM vessels, which have been delivered, and five 15K TEU, where two vessels have been delivered and three are currently under construction.

“At CMA CGM we are committed to promoting sustainability in all our operations,” said Xavier Leclercq, vice-president of CMA SHIPS.

“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 building a zero-carbon future.”

Håkan Agnevall, president and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation, commented: “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 competencies across marine technologies. Both CMA CGM and Wärtsilä have a common strategy in applying LNG solutions to prepare the way towards carbon-free shipping.”

The orders were placed in Q3 and Q4 2021 and the Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yards commencing in 2022. The first of the 12 vessels is expected to be launched in Q3 2023.