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

Chinese shipyard Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding has cut steel for the sixth and final dual-fuel LNG powered 13,000TEU dual-fuel container ships being constructed for France’s CMA CGM.

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These vessels are designed to operate using either traditional fuel or liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The 336-metre long and 51-metre wide ship will be equipped with a 14,000 cbm MARK III LNG cargo tank and will be able to load 2,400 containers with a maximum capacity of 13,2000 TEUs.

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

According to Hudong-Zhonghua, the main engine of this type of containership has been upgraded and it adopts the new generation of intelligent control exhaust gas recirculation ( ICER ) system, which, in comparison with the 23000 TEU dual-fuel containership can reduce methane escape in gas mode by 50% and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 28%.

CMA CGM’s 13,000 TEU containerships are part of CMA CGM’s $2.3 billion dual-fuel, LNG-powered containership order from April 2021.

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

The order comprises of twelve 15,000 TEU methanol dual-fuel powered large container ships and four 23,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel powered container vessels, a CMA CGM Spokesperson confirmed to Offshore Energy.

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The deal is being made as part of CMA CGM’s decarbonization agenda which has seen over 77 ‘green’ ships ordered over the past ten years worth $10.2 billion. These vessels are predominantly LNG-powered and “e-methane ready” vessels of which 32 are already in operation.

The company also has six bio-methanol-powered, e-methanol-ready ships that are scheduled to become available by the end of 2026.