Hudong Zhonghua cuts steel for CMA CGM’s 6th dual-fuel boxship Ship’s crew

China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding yard has cut steel for the sixth and final 13,000 TEU dual-fuel LNG-powered dual-fuel container ship being built for France’s CMA CGM.

These vessels are designed to run on either conventional fuel or liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The 336 meter long and 51 meter wide ship will be equipped with a 14,000 cbm MARK III LNG cargo tank and can load 2,400 containers with a maximum capacity of 13,200 TEU.

It will also feature flexible container loading technology and use energy-saving ducts, rudder balls and other devices to improve its performance.

According to Hudong-Zhonghua, the main engine of this type of container ship has been upgraded and adopts the new generation of intelligently controlled exhaust gas recirculation system ( ICER ), which can reduce methane leakage by 50% in gas operation and greenhouse gas (GHG ) by more than 28%.

CMA CGM’s 13,000 TEU container ships are part of CMA CGM’s $2.3 billion order for dual-fuel LNG-powered container ships in April 2021.

Last month, the French heavyweight returned to Chinese shipyards with a major contract worth $3.06 billion. The company signed a contract with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) to build 16 large container ships.

The order includes twelve 15,000 TEU methanol dual-fuel container ships and four 23,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel container ships, a CMA CGM spokesman confirmed to Offshore Energy.

The deal comes as part of CMA CGM’s decarbonization agenda, which has ordered over 77 “green” ships worth $10.2 billion over the past decade. These ships are predominantly LNG-powered and e-methane ready ships, of which 32 are already in operation.

The company also has six biomethanol-powered, e-methanol-capable vessels, which are expected to be available by the end of 2026.

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