Gaztransport and Technigaz (GTT), the French technology firm for designs of systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas, has been chosen by Marseille-based shipping group CMA CGM to provide services for its LNG-powered container ships.
GTT said it would provide assistance for the commissioning, operation and maintenance of CMA CGM’s future 23,000 TFE (twenty-foot equivalent) LNG-powered container ships equipped with GTT membrane containment technologies.
Paris-based GTT noted that with 18,600 cubic metres capacity LNG tanks, these ships will be the largest container ships in the world to use LNG as fuel.
Bunkering vessels owned by French energy major Total and Mitsui Osk Lines of Japan will supply 300,000 tonnes per annum of LNG fuel to CMA CGM and its nine ultra-large newbuild containerships set to operate on the Europe-Asia trade route.
The GTT service package includes the training of crews of the CMA CGM fleet through the provision of the G-Sim training simulator, specially adapted to replicate the LNG operations of CMA CGM vessels.
“GTT will also provide on board technical assistance during the commissioning of LNG tanks and during the first bunkering operations,” explained the tanks designer.
It explained that, if necessary, CMA CGM may use a GTT service called “Hears” to obtain 24/7 technical assistance.
“Thanks to the data continuously collected on board, the GTT teams will be able to assist and advise CMA CGM teams as closely as possible,” said GTT.
“In addition, the analysis tools integrated in the connected version will allow a follow-up over time of the tanks and their insulation spaces,” it added.
The company said its GTT services portfolio facilitates a smooth entry into the world of LNG for ship-owners.
“We are constantly expanding our range of services to meet the new expectations of ship-owners and are therefore very pleased to be able to support CMA CGM in the commissioning, operation and maintenance of its LNG-powered vessels,” said Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and Chief Executive of GTT.
CMA CGM is one of the world’s largest container vessel operators with over 500 ships.
The first of the ultra-large LNG-power containerships took to the water at the Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing Shipyard in October 2019 at an event attended by Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of CMA CGM.
The first of the nine newbuilds was named “CMA CGM Jacques Saade” after the shipping line’s Beirut-born founder who died in June 2018.