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TOTE MaritimeMARSEILLE: November 07, 2017. CMA CGM says its order for nine 22,000 TEU containerships with the first due for delivery in 2020 will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The announcement has been timed with the opening of the UN Climate Change conference (COP 23) in Bonn this week.

The company says the use of LNG over heavy fuel oil will reduce CO2 and sulphur emissions 25 percent and 99 percent respectively; nitrogen emissions by 85 percent and fine particles by 99 percent.

Between 2005 and 2015 the marine group reduced its CO2 emissions 50 percent per container per kilometer carried and plans a further 30 percent reduction by 2025.

CMA CGM Group CEO Rodolphe Saadé commented: "We have made the bold decision to equip our future 22,000 TEUs vessels with a technology firmly focused on the protection of the environment. By choosing LNG, CMA CGM confirms its ambition to be a leading force in the industry in environmental protection by being a pioneer in innovative and eco-responsible technologies."

Pictured: TOTE Maritime operates the world's first two LNG-powered 3,100 TEU containerships on a twice-weekly rotation between Jacksonville, FL and Puerto Rico. The company says the ships continue to deliver humanitarian aid on behalf of the U.S. government and NGOs in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria on September 19.