The first of six is set to be delivered in October and by the end of 2022 all six ships are expected to be operational. CMA CGM will use the vessels for its Pearl River Express (PRX) line, which connects China to the Port of Los Angeles.
“The deployment of 6 LNG- powered containerships of 15,000-TEU will go along with the development of the US economy in a sustainable manner,” Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM, announced. “It is a strong signal in favor of the environment. The United States is strategic for the economic exchanges and for CMA CGM: 2021 will definitely be marked by the strengthening of the ties that have already united us for a long time. We deeply believe in the strengths of the American economy and we’re eager to foster its responsible growth.”
The company has 12 LNG-powered vessels and is expected to increase that fleet to 32 vessels in various sizes by 2022. It’s all part of its effort toward carbon neutrality by 2050.