Meeting at the Toulouse Space Centre on Thursday 10 June, CNES Chairman & CEO Philippe Baptiste and Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman & CEO of the CMA CGM Group shake hands and signed a unique partnership agreement.
his five-year agreement will call on the respective expertise of CNES and CMA CGM to identify, design and develop innovative solutions together to serve shipping, logistics and the space industry.
This five-year agreement will call on the respective expertise of @CNES and CMA CGM to identify, design and develop innovative solutions together to serve shipping, logistics and the space industry. pic.twitter.com/607bq5z9oA
— CMA CGM Group (@cmacgm) June 10, 2021
Under the agreement, CNES and CMA CGM’s experts will be focusing on a range of topics including:
- Smart ship routing to enhance safety at sea to aid crews and closely manage shipping’s environmental footprint. Data on currents, winds and waves will notably help to further optimize sea crossings and make them safer while developing effective management of future hybrid ship propulsion systems.
- The maritime energy transition, through sharing of experience with hydrogen and practices for producing, storing, distributing, filling and using this future ‘green’ fuel, exploiting economies of scale to make it a viable prospect.
- Upgrading of port activities and infrastructures, employing digital technologies to ease flows and paying special attention to environmental impacts.
- Contributions of the space sector to optimizing logistics in order to develop a reliable and sustainable end-to-end service for global tracking of goods.
Under their partnership agreement, CNES and the CMA CGM Group, both members of the French Maritime Cluster, will be working with start-ups and SMEs and relying on their entities charged with supporting business development and start-ups (ZEBOX, CMA CGM Venture and Connect by CNES), as well as on CMA CGM’s R&D teams.
CNES is world-renowned for its space expertise. This unique partnership will cement our innovation strategy, enabling us to benefit from technologies developed by CNES, be it to optimize our operations or to support our energy transition.
…CMA CGM’s Chairman & CEO Rodolphe Saadé commented.