Largest LNG-Powered Container Ship ‘CMA CGM Jacques Saade’ Features Wärtsilä Solutions

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-meter 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.

CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE, the largest LNG-powered container ship ever built features Wärtsilä solutions
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This extraordinary construction project mobilized the know-how and expertise of CMA CGM Group’s experts and their industrial partners, including Wärtsilä. In addition to 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.

CMA CGM Jacques Saade - LNG Powered
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The fuel gas supply system is fitted with Wärtsilä’s Operational Performance Improvement and Monitoring (Operim) system, which utilizes 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 decarbonize 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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