CMA CGM Jacques Saadé
|28 Sep 2023 - 17:30
|Last call in Hamburg
|01 Oct 2023 - 00:00
The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé is the first megamax cotainer ship worldwide to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Its tank, with a volume of 18,600 cubic meters, lasts for up to two months. Four layers of insulation in the tank, including a stainless steel housing and high-technology sensors, ensure optimum LNG storage conditions and meet all safety requirements.
The Jacques Saadé is the first in a series of nine new 23,000-TEU vessels which will join the CMA CGM Group fleet from 2020. These innovative container ships are the result of seven years of research and development by the experts at CMA CGM. The sister ships will bear the names of Parisian landmarks and other iconic sites of the French capital (Champs Elysées, Palais Royal, Louvre, Rivoli, Montmartre, Concorde, Trocadéro and Sorbonne). CMA CGM has chosen Total as its LNG supplier in a major industrial partnership.
Right away the vessel set a new record: When leaving Singapore on its maiden voyage from Asia to Europe, the Jacques Saadé had loaded a total of 20,723 TEU – more than any other container ship ever before. By comparison, the previous record was held by the "HMM Algeçiras" (capacity 23,964 TEU) of the Korean shipping company HMM. With a total of 19,621 TEU, the "Algeçiras" just about beat the previous record holder "MSC Gülsün".
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is produced by cooling conventional natural gas below its boiling point, −162 °C (−259 °F), and is stored in double-walled cryogenic containers at or slightly above atmospheric pressure. LNG is 600 times smaller than natural gas when the latter is in its gaseous form, and it can be easily shipped overseas. In the near future, it will be possible to reduce the use of conventional natural gas by producing more Bio-LNG. Bio-LNG could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent compared to diesel. Another alternative is so-called synthetic LNG, which is produced using a power-to-gas process. The synthetic form is virtually CO2-neutral because the amount of carbon dioxide emitted during combustion is taken from the air. Both alternatives, however, are still in developmental phases.