World’s largest LNG container ship leaves the slipway

World’s Largest LNG powered Container Ship CMA CGM Jacques Saade

World's largest LNG container ship leaves the slipway

French company CMA CGM launched an ultra-large container ship powered by LNG, capable of carrying over 23,000 20ft equivalent of cargo.

The new 400-meter vessel, named Jacques Saade, is the largest LNG vessel to date. Its fuel tank is large enough to hold the Statue of Liberty and has an insulated casing that keeps fuel liquid at -161 °C. It is also one of the largest container ships in the world and is capable of carrying 23 112 containers.

The current record holder is the MSC Gulsun with a capacity of 23,756 TEU..

It took more than a year to create Jacques Saade. It got off the slipway at the Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing shipyard this week, but CMA CGM will not start operating it on the route between Asia and Northern Europe until 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 23,000 TEU CMA CGM giants to operate 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, the technological one is also actively developing. We previously reported on the development of a radically new prototype an ultra-fast submarine that can move through the water like an airplane in the air and dive to a depth of 1 km in five minutes.

text: Ilya Bauer, photo and video: CMA CGM Group