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CMA CGM in bio-fuel link up with Shell

Malcolm LatarcheMalcolm Latarche · 16 December 2019: 


French liner operator CMA CGM has announced a partnership with Shell to supply tens of thousands of tonnes of marine biofuel to its fleet. This quantity, which is unique in the industry, will allow the group’s ships to make over 80 round-trips between Rotterdam and New York.

CMA CGM Group became the first shipowner in the world this year to successfully test the use of a marine biofuel onboard the container ships CMA CGM White Shark and CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt. Now it is accelerating and expanding the use of biofuel in the shipping industry.

The fuel used is composed of 80% of Low Sulphur Fuel Oil and 20% of a biofuel made of used cooking oil. The biofuel used reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80% and virtually eliminates SOx emissions.

The new partnership follows on the Group’s initiatives for environmental protection and confirms its pioneering role in the energy transition of the shipping industry. CMA CGM was the first shipping company in the world to develop LNG for ultra-large container vessels, with the ordering of a series of a nine 23,000teu containerships powered by LNG.

Beyond technical solutions to limit greenhouse gas emissions, CMA CGM wants to unite all maritime transport actors in an international coalition initiated by Rodolphe Saadé, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, and supported by French President Emmanuel Macron. This high-level coalition will work towards the emergence of tomorrow’s clean energy for de-carbonised transport.


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