Container Shipping Witnesses a New Generation of Vessels Born
Shipping and logistics giant, CMA CGM has launched what it claims is the world’s largest containership powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) all fitted with an extensive array of environmentally-friendly technologies, including augmented reality.
By way of this policy CMA CGM says that it has reaffirmed its commitment to safeguard the environment and lead the industry’s energy transition. A clean energy, as compared to traditional heavy fuel oil LNG helps to reduce:
- emissions of sulphur oxides and fine particles by 99%
- nitrogen oxides emissions by up to 85%
- carbon dioxide emissions by around 20%
The nine new builds will feature a state-of-the-art bridge design, the world’s first to deliver major innovations to assist the Captain and crew:
- a tactical display offering enhanced map views for more dynamic navigation briefings
- a path prediction system optimised to display the ship’s predicted position in the next three minutes
- a smart eye system projecting a bird’s-eye view of the ship’s surrounding area via augmented reality screens offering the crew precise information on the ship’s rate of rotation, distance from the wharf and transverse speeds.
The first vessel in this new class of 23,000-TEU LNG-powered containerships, the CMA CGM Jacques Saade will also be equipped with a smart system to manage ventilation for the reefer containers carried in the hold.
During the launch event, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, made what must have been an emotional speech for him, saying:
“With the launching of the first 23,000-TEU ship powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, we demonstrate that energy transition can be effectively successful in our industry if all the players work together. It paves the way to a global shipping approach where economic growth and competitiveness can coexist with sustainability and the fight against climate change.”