CMA CGM Champs Elysées is the second of a series of nine liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered 23,000TEU container ships, flying under the French flag.
The CMA CGM Champs Elysées joins the French Asia Line, CMA CGM Group’s most emblematic line between Asia and Northern Europe and uses the same technology as the CMA CGM Jacques Saade aimed at preserving air quality and accelerating maritime transport’s energy transition.
Today, LNG is the most advanced solution when it comes to preserving air quality, according to a CMA CGM statement, as it enables a 99% reduction in sulphur dioxide and fine particle emissions, and an 85% reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions, going well above and beyond existing regulations. Additionally, LNG emits up to 20% less CO2 compared to fuel motorisation.
This technology is one of the first steps towards achieving the company's 2050 objective of carbon neutrality, said CMA CGM.
These nine vessels are packed with innovations, the result of a long co-operation between CMA CGM’s research and development experts and industrial partners. In addition to LNG engines, these vessels feature technologies, with a cockpit featuring the latest digital onboard technology to assist the captain and crew, especially during port manoeuvres, a straight bow with integrated bulb, rudder and propeller with a redefined design that improves their hydrodynamics, reducing energy consumption.
These vessels bear a specific “LNG Powered” label that will be recognisable on all seas across the globe.
The CMA CGM Champs Elysées, along with its eight 23,000TEU sister ships, will be registered with the French International Register (FIR) and will bear the names of landmark Parisian monuments and other renowned venues and institutions from throughout the French capital (Champs Elysées, Palais Royal, Louvre, Rivoli, Montmartre, Concorde, Trocadéro, and Sorbonne).