A dozen new dual-fuel container vessels being built in China for CMA CGM will feature Wärtsilä technology and propulsion solutions along with an LNG fuel gas supply system. 

The order comprises six 13,000 TEU container vessels being built at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd, and a further six 15,000 TEU container vessels under construction at the Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd. The orders were placed in Q3 and Q4 2021.

The CMA CGM vessels will be fitted with a broad range of Wärtsilä engines, systems and solutions.

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The CMA CGM vessels will be fitted with a broad range of Wärtsilä engines, systems and solutions.

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yards commencing in 2022, and the first of the 12 vessels is expected to be launched in Q3 2023. Wärtsilä has previously received and fulfilled orders for similar packages for nine 23,000 TEU container vessels ordered for CMA CGM.

The scope of supply includes shipsets of five Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines per vessel, with a total of 60 engines in total. The engines will be delivered from Wärtsilä’s joint venture in China. The dual-fuel gas engines on the vessels are already compatible with renewable energies such as biomethane, synthetic methane and e-methane.

Wärtsilä will also supply the fuel gas supply system (FGSS) for each of the vessels. The FGSS will be equipped with Wärtsilä’s Operational Performance and Monitoring (Operim) system. 

In addition to the auxiliary engines and FGSS, Wärtsilä is supplying its Nacos Platinum integrated control system, and a propulsion control system. The Operim solution utilises the latest digital technology to provide data in real-time to allow the system to operate at optimal efficiency at all times, and in all weather and sea conditions.  

“At CMA CGM we are committed to promoting sustainability in all our operations. We are happy to work with Wärtsilä as they have a similar decarbonisation target and a very broad scope of solutions to offer. The choice of dual fuel gas vessels powered by LNG for our new ships is part of our commitment to build a zero-carbon future,” said Xavier Leclercq, Vice-President of CMA SHIPS.

Håkan Agnevall, President and CEO, Wärtsilä Corporation, commented: “This large repeat order for a broad scope of Wärtsilä solutions from a valued customer marks the value of quality, reliability and sharp customer focus. It also highlights our wide range of competences across marine technologies. Both CMA CGM and Wärtsilä have a common strategy in applying LNG solutions to prepare the way towards carbon free shipping.”