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CMA CGM Unveils Cutting-Edge Container Ships: The CMA CGM MERMAID

The maritime industry takes a leap into the future as global leader CMA CGM Group welcomes the first of its ten groundbreaking container ships, the CMA CGM MERMAID. This marks a significant milestone in the company’s ambitious decarbonization strategy, showcasing a new era in container ship design.

A Maritime Marvel: Unveiling the Innovation

In collaboration with Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Hyundai Heavy Industries, the CMA CGM MERMAID exemplifies a unique design focused on revolutionizing energy efficiency and environmental performance. These vessels are set to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20%, aligning seamlessly with CMA CGM’s commitment to sustainability.

A Fleet for the Future

Part of a larger fleet renewal program exceeding $15 billion in investment, the CMA CGM MERMAID and its counterparts contribute to the company’s Net Zero Carbon objective by 2050. With nearly 120 low-carbon energy-powered ships expected by 2028, the fleet is a testament to CMA CGM’s dedication to environmental responsibility.

Collaborative Ingenuity

The innovative design of these container ships emerged from a collaborative effort involving Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Odense Marine Technique, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, and GTT. This harmonious collaboration has produced a new model with a distinct profile and advanced technical characteristics, addressing the demand for innovation in naval architecture.

Optimizing Performance: Proportions and Technologies

The CMA CGM MERMAID boasts proportions and technologies tailored for enhanced energy performance. Noteworthy features include a resized design with a length-to-width ratio, front-placed superstructures for improved aerodynamics, and an inverted straight bow reducing fuel consumption by 15% per trip.

Cleaner, Greener Power

Powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), these vessels significantly reduce emissions, showcasing a commitment to sustainable practices. The ships can also utilize biogas and are adaptable to e-methane, underlining a versatile and environmentally conscious energy approach.

The Future Is Now: On-Board Fuel Cell Innovation

A standout feature of this new generation is the incorporation of one of the most powerful fuel cells on a ship. Scheduled for the last vessel in the series, this 1MW hydrogen-powered fuel cell ensures zero emissions when berthed, pushing the boundaries of eco-friendly maritime technology.

Navigating New Routes

Scheduled for delivery between February 2024 and January 2025, these vessels will predominantly serve Northern Europe and the Intra-Mediterranean routes. Offering a more energy-efficient alternative to road transport, these ships accommodate 45′ containers, providing a sustainable solution for the region. The CMA CGM MERMAID and its companions herald a new era in maritime transportation.

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