Interest continues to grow in finding ways to reduce ocean freight’s impact on climate change.
As part of its service to support customers in reducing their carbon footprint, container shipping group CMA CGM has outlined plans to deploy six vessels capable of being powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The 15,000 TEU dual-fuel ships will be rotated into CMA CGM’s Pearl River Express line between China and Los Angeles. The first vessel will should be delivered in October 2021, with 32 LNG-powered vessels expected to be in service by the end of 2022.
CMA CGM has said it will offer shippers a choice to have freight transported on vessels fueled by LNG or alternative fuels, as well as purchasing carbon offsets to support reducing carbon emissions by up to 85%.
Maersk has also announced plans to deploy its first zero-carbon container ship in 2023 and Hapag Lloyd has announced orders for six 23,000 TEU dual-fuel LNG ships.
While LNG has been criticized in the past, given that vessels running on the fuel only reduce carbon emissions by 20% in comparison with traditional bunkers, ocean carriers say that in the absence of long-term zero-carbon fuels at global scale, there is a need to address growing demands for more immediate solutions.