The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE, the largest LNG-powered container ship ever built features Wärtsilä solutions

Wärtsilä Corporation, News 15 October 2020 at 09:00 UTC+2

The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE, the first 23,000 TEU container vessel in the world to be powered by liquified natural gas (LNG) and equipped with a range of solutions from technology group Wärtsilä, has been delivered.

The new flagship of CMA CGM, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is the first in a series of nine 23,000 TEU container ships. This 400 metre long sea giant is named after Jacques Saadé, the visionary entrepreneur who founded the CMA CGM Group. It was built at the CSSC Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding yard in China and was delivered to the owner on 22 September 2020. Wärtsilä received orders starting in early 2018 for the equipment supplied.

This extraordinary construction project mobilised the know-how and expertise of CMA CGM Group’s experts and their industrial partners, including Wärtsilä. In addition of its revolutionary means of propulsion, LNG is the most advanced solution when it comes to preserving air quality, the CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE also features various cutting-edge technologies designed to deliver high efficiency and environmental sustainability. These include Wärtsilä’s fuel gas supply system, Wärtsilä’s Nacos Platinum integrated automation control system, the Propulsion Control system, a Sewage Treatment plant, as well as seals and bearings solutions. Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines will provide the auxiliary power for the vessel. The fuel gas supply system is fitted with Wärtsilä’s Operational Performance Improvement and Monitoring (Operim) system, which 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.

“The delivery of this vessel marks a further step in the shipping sector’s efforts to decarbonise its operations. The ship is notable not only for its size, but also for its onboard technologies. The Wärtsilä Operim solution, for example, is a central pillar in the company’s Smart Marine Ecosystem approach to delivering greater efficiency, better safety, and improved environmental performance, all of which are essential to the future of shipping,” says Denis Hervé, Key Account Manager, Wärtsilä Marine Power.


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Image captions:
Image 1: The hand-over ceremony of CMA CGM’s LNG-fuelled container ship took place on 23 September 2020.
Image 2: CMA CGM’s new ‘Jacques Saadé’ is fitted with a broad range of Wärtsilä engines, systems and solutions.

Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.