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Gas giant comes into Southampton’s orbit

[ November 5, 2020   //   ]

DP World Southampton has welcomed the Jacques Saade, the world’s first 23,000teu containership powered fully by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

LNG is considered to be the least polluting type of marine fuel currently available. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality and enables a 99% reduction in sulphur dioxide and fine particle emissions and an 85% reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions. LNG emits up to 20 per cent less CO2 compared to conventional marine fuels.

In 2017, CMA CGM committed to making nine 23,000teu pure LNG vessels. These nine are part of a fleet of 20 LNG-powered vessels which the shipping line will have commissioned by 2022, alongside five 15,000 TEU vessels and six 1,400 TEU vessels.

CMA CGM UK chief executive Gary Jeffreys said: “This vessel has been enhanced with the latest technologies and is the result of seven years of research and development. It significantly improves the environmental footprint of carried goods. We have taken a big step forward. We need to go further to build transport that is even more respectful of the environment.”

DP World has reduced its nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 50% at its Southampton terminal since 2016 by renewing and upgrading its vehicles and mobile equipment and close to 35% of containers moved inland go by rail.