CMA CGM’s first 23,000 TEU LNG container ship en route to Rotterdam

CMA CGM’s Jacques Saade is expected to arrive in Rotterdam for the first time Wednesday evening, 11 November. The container ship is also the first LNG-powered vessel with a capacity of more than 23,000 TEU containers on board.

The Jacques Saade will arrive at RWG in the port of Rotterdam.

CMA CGM is the first container shipping company to use LNG for a significant part of its fleet. The French shipowner has another 8 of these Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation. In 2022, the company plans to operate a fleet of 20 LNG-powered vessels: 9 23,000 TEUs; 5 15,000 TEUs and 6 14,000 TEUs.

On Thursday 12 November, the Jacques Saade will be bunkered by the LNG bunkering vessel Gas Agility.

The arrival of the Jacques Saade is an important milestone for the Port Authority. ‘CMA CGM, like us, supports the transition from fuel oil to LNG as fuel for shipping. LNG is currently the cleanest fuel that is scalable and affordable for this type of ship,’ says Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port Authority. ‘In addition, the arrival of the new LNG-powered ships supports the Port Authority’s ambition to be an important hub for the import, export, storage and bunkering of LNG. It is an honour that the 9 new ships will bunker some 300,000 m3 of LNG in Rotterdam every year. This is also good for the storage and transhipment of LNG.’

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.