The world’s first LNG-powered ultra-large containership, named CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE and the first in a new fleet of nine French-flagged, 23,000-TEU LNG-powered containerships, has been launched in China.

The vessel was constructed at the Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing Shipyard of Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, for the CMA CGM Group.

Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co. Ltd is a subsidiary company of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited.

The CMA CGM Group will receive 20 LNG-powered containerships by 2022, and among these, Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding has received the order for five 23,000 TEU containerships.

This vessel is the first, and also regarded as a tribute to the CMA CGM Group’s founder, Jacques Saade, who passed away last year at the age of 81.

During the launch event, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, said, “With the launching of the first 23,000-TEU ship powered by liquefied natural gas, we demonstrate that energy transition can be effectively successful in our industry if all the players work together.”

“It paves the way to a global shipping approach where economic growth and competitiveness can coexist with sustainability and the fight against climate change.”