The French company CMA CGM launched an extra-large container ship operating on liquefied natural gas, which is capable of transporting more than 23 thousand twenty-foot equivalents of cargo.
The new 400-meter ship was named JacquesSaade became the largest LNG ship today. Its fuel tank is so large that it can accommodate the Statue of Liberty, and has an insulated casing that holds the fuel in a liquid state at a temperature of -161 ° C. He is also one of the largest container ships in the world and is capable of transport 23 112 containers.
The current record holder is the MSC Gulsun, with a capacity of 23,756 TEU.
The creation of Jacques Saade took more than a year. This week, he left the slipway at the Shanghai Jiannan-Changxing shipyard, but the CMA CGM will begin to operate it on the route between Asia and Northern Europe only next year.
Immediately after ordering a new vessel in 2017,the management of the transport company entered into an agreement with the French energy giant Total for the annual supply of 300 thousand tons of liquefied natural gas, starting in 2020.
Jacques Saade will be the first of nine giants CMACGM for 23 thousand TEU working on LNG. The use of this type of fuel is an alternative to installing expensive scrubbers to meet the requirements of IMO 2020 to reduce sulfur emissions.
In addition to improving the environmental component, notless actively developing and technological. Earlier, we reported on the development of a radically new prototype of an ultrafast submarine that can move in water like a plane in the air and plunge to a depth of 1 km in five minutes.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo and video: CMA CGM Group