Macron urges other boxlines to follow CMA CGM’s lead and shun the Northern Sea Route

While many of its peers including Maersk, Cosco and Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) have made Arctic trips, France’s CMA CGM has ruled out moving cargoes through the area. In a tweet, Rodolphe Saade, the chairman of the French containerline, said he had decided that his company will not use the Northern Sea Route.

“This is a bold choice for the preservation of the Arctic that has an essential role in regulating ocean currents and global climate patterns,” Saade wrote.

Saade’s decision was backed up by France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, who is hosting the G7 summit in Biarritz. Over the weekend, Macron called on other containerlines to avoid using the Arctic shipping route to protect the environment.


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.


  1. Excellent initiative which puts Maersk in a slightly awkward position, as they were recently trumpeting their pioneering efforts to gather information on the NSR and open this for more regular liner shipping use.
    Was this going to be one of the subjects on the agenda of Skou’s intended meeting with Trump in Denmark? #GoMette

  2. Containershipping lines definitely need to take a bold stance regarding their impact on the environment, and NOT use the northern route. Urgent need to protect our environment

  3. Call me a cynic but is this really the only reason that CMA aren’t going to take on this route, or are there other (more commercial) reasons for this that aren’t being given? I find it very surprising that any major shipping line can afford not to serve a profitable route?

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