Another LNG-fueled containership joins CMA CGM’s fleet

French shipping giant CMA CGM has welcomed another LNG-powered containership in its fleet.

Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua has on Wednesday hosted a naming ceremony for the 13,000-teu LNG-powered containership, CMA CGM Buzios.

This is the second of six 13,000-teu LNG-powered containerships Hudong-Zhonghua is building for French shipping giant CMA CGM.

Hudong-Zhonghua will officially deliver the newbuild to CMA CGM on Friday.

In December, Hudong-Zhonghua delivered the first vessel in this batch, CMA CGM Bahia, and recently launched the fifth vessel, CMA CGM Belem.

Hudong-Zhonghua plans to deliver the remaining four ships later this year, and all off the six vessels will work on the South American route.

Image: Hudong-Zhonghua

The shipbuilder and Jiangnan Shipyard are each building six LNG-powered ships for CMA CGM as part of a deal revealed in April 2021, while the six vessels at Jiangnan have a capacity of 15,000 units.

Moreover, the new LNG-powered vessel features GTT’s Mark III containment system and the CMD-WinGD 9X92DF-2.0 iCER main engine, Hudong-Zhonghua said.

CMA CGM is one of the world’s largest backers of LNG as fuel for vessels.

The company said in its third-quarter report in November it has already invested more than $17 billion in a fleet of nearly 120 LNG- and methanol-powered ships to be delivered by 2027.

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