The CMA CGM
JACQUES SAADE, the world’s largest containership powered by liquefied natural
gas and sailing under the French flag, was making her first call in Le Havre at
the Terminal de France of the Grand Port Maritime du Havre.
The Group, which
plays a key role in helping to power the French economy, currently serves 10
ports throughout the country, operating 49 shipping lines towards worldwide destinations.
It made a total of 2,500 calls during 2020. At present, CMA CGM also has 5,700
employees in France, including 500 French sailors, with 27 ships sailing under
the French flag and showcasing our country’s excellence.
CMA CGM has over 7,000 customers in France
CMA CGM helps
French businesses export their expertise around the world and ships over
6,000,000 tons of goods p.a. from France’s ports. It has over 7,000 customers
in France—both large groups and many small- and medium-sized enterprises—and
supports their international development.
The Group is
helping to establish France as a center of excellence in LNG for the shipping
industry through its decision to sail the 14 LNG-powered container ships it
owns under the French flag.
CMA CGM, a major port terminal operator in France
The CMA CGM Group
operates 5 port terminals in France and is currently France’s largest cargo
handler, with a volume of close to 3 million TEUs handled in France. It
constantly invests in cutting-edge terminal facilities to help boost the
competitiveness of French ports.
LNG is currently
the state-of-the-art industry solution for preserving air quality. It delivers
a reduction of 99% in sulfur dioxide, 91% in particulate matter emissions and
92% in nitrogen oxide emissions, surpassing the requirements of current
regulations. LNG also provides an initial response to the challenge of tackling
climate change. An LNG-powered vessel emits up to 20% less CO2 than
fuel-powered systems. This technology is one of the first steps the CMA CGM
Group is taking to meet its target of being carbon-neutral by 2050.
CMA CGM, a pioneer leading the energy transition in shipping
The CMA CGM Group
has always considered its business performance as intrinsically linked to its
social and environmental performance In 2019, the Group became the world’s
first shipping company to successfully test a biofuel comprising 20% recycled
plant oil and forestry waste. It has pledged that alternative fuels will cover
at least 10% of its consumption by 2023.
The development of
various cutting-edge environmentally friendly technologies to raise its fleet’s
efficiency and cut energy consumption: reprofiled bow shapes to achieve a
better hydrodynamic performance, as well as propeller and engine innovations to
cut CO2 emissions and oil and fuel consumption.
A vessel like the CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE will help us to rise and meet
the major challenges of the future: Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman CEO CMA CGM Group
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, commented: “France
is a leading sea-faring nation. The visit by the French prime minister, members
of his government and Édouard Philippe underscores the importance of the sea
economy and the strategically important role played by shipping and all port
operators. A vessel like the CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE will help us to rise and
meet the major challenges of the future—the shift to cleaner energy and the
expansion of the French economy.”