CMA CGM partners with Shell in biofuel move

French container shipping conglomerate CMA CGM has entered into a partnership with Shell to supply tens of thousand of tons of marine biofuel to its fleet.

The deal follows CMA CGM becoming the first shipowner in the world to complete a trial of using marine biofuel onboard its containerships CMA CGM White Shark and CMA CGM Alexander Von Humboldt earlier this year.

The fuel is composed of 80% of low sulphur fuel oil and 20% biofuel made of used cooking oil.

CMA CGM claims that the biofuel used reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80% and virtually eliminates sulphur oxides emissions.

CMA CGM has been a pioneer in liner shipping in terms of using alternative fuels. In December 2017, the company partnered with Total to adopt LNG fuel for nine 22,000 teu ships it ordered at CSSC.

Another major liner, MSC also announced earlier this month that it is starting to use biofuel for ships calling at Rotterdam.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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