The LNG-powered CMA CGM Jaques Saad arrives at the CMA CGM-PSA Lion Terminal in Singapore, October 12, 2020. Photo courtesy CMA CGM

Wärtsilä Wins Repeat Order From CMA CGM for LNG Newbuilds

Mike Schuler
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January 4, 2022

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has been selected to provide power solutions for 12 newbuild LNG-fueled containerships on order for CMA CGM in China.

The newbuilds include six 13,000 TEU containerships being built at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) CO. and another six 15,000 TEU containerships under construction at the Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co.

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yards commencing in 2022, with the first of the 12 vessels is expected to be launched in Q3 2023.

Wärtsilä was previously contracted to supply a similar scope of equipment for nine 23,000 TEU CMA CGM vessels which have been delivered and five 15,000 TEU ships, two of which have been delivered and three are under construction.

The equipment includes five Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines per ship (60 engines in total) delivered from the joint venture in China, Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum integrated control system, propulsion control system STC-13 series Sewage Treatment Plants and Fuel Gas Supply System fitted with Wärtsilä’s Operational Performance Improvement and Monitoring (Operim) system.

The dual-fuel gas engines on the vessels are already compatible with renewable energies such as biomethane, synthetic methane and e-methane.

“At CMA CGM we are committed to promoting sustainability in all our operations. We are happy to work with Wärtsilä as they have a similar decarbonization 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 build a zero-carbon future,” said Xavier Leclercq, Vice-President of CMA SHIPS.

Håkan Agnevall, President and CEO, 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 competences across marine technologies. Both CMA CGM and Wärtsilä have a common strategy in applying LNG solutions to prepare the way towards carbon free shipping.”

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