France vows to boost spending on developing zero-emission ships

France’s secretary of state in charge of maritime affairs, Hervé Berville, has set aside €300m ($302m) under the government’s France-Mer 2030 plan to get the country closer to building zero-emissions vessels.

While only 12% of the ships used in France are built in the country, compared to 80% in 1980, Berville stressed at a conference yesterday the need to make future zero-carbon ships “as French as possible, from its keel to its fuel cell”.

At the same conference, the chairman of CMA CGM, Rodolphe Saadé, announced he would give the new France-Mer 2030 fund €200m in additional funding.

Other European nations, notably the UK and Norway, have been talking up prospects of boosting their shipbuilding roots with the coming greening of the industry.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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