Korean shipyard chosen to build six more LNG-fuelled containerships as sector powers ahead on clean fuel

Tuesday, 26 July 2022
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French LNG storage designer GTT will supply the tanks for six more LNG-powered containerships ordered from South Korea by France’s Marseille-based shipping group CMA CGM.

The six containerships are being constructed at the Korean shipyard of Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.

The vessels, each capable of carrying 8,000 containers, will be equipped with an LNG fuel tank with a capacity of 6,000 cubic metres. Each LNG tank will be fitted with GTT’s Mark II Flex membrane containment technology.

The deliveries of the vessels are scheduled from the fourth quarter of 2024 to the fourth quarter of 2025.

GTT noted that the CMA CGM order brings the total number of containerships to 80 that will have LNG capability and be equipped with the Paris-based firm’s storage tanks.

“This order underlines the renewed confidence of our partner CMA CGM in GTT's technologies to equip its LNG-powered container ships,” said Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and Chief Executive of GTT.

“The GTT group is proud to put its technological innovation at the service of the decarbonisation of global maritime transport,” added Berterottière.

China-built vessels

CMA CGM is a pioneer of LNG-powered containerships and has about 12 more of the vessels being built in China.

The shipping line has said it aimed have a fleet of 44 LNG-fuelled containerships by 2024.

The 12 China-built vessels will be delivered between the last quarter of 2023 and the third quarter of 2024.

The construction contracts for those CMA CGM newbuilds were awarded to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding and Jiangnan Shipyard Co.

Each of the Chinese yards is building six vessels able to carry between 13,000 and 15,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of containers.

The first ever LNG-powered containership was delivered to CMA CGM from the Hudong-Zhonghua yard and entered commercial operation in September 2020.

The 23,000 TEU “CMA CGM Jacques Saadé” was named after the late Lebanon-born founder of the shipping line and father of current Chairman Rodolphe Saadé.

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