CMA CGM is teaming up with Energy Observer, the first hydrogen-powered vessel to embark on a round-the-world voyage, sharing the common goal of a zero-emissions shipping industry.
The Energy Observer project was the world’s first hydrogen-powered vessel, which was a former race boat powered with autonomous navigation with hydrogen.
Their partnership focuses on the development of cleaner and more sustainable energies to eliminate CO2 emissions, greenhouse gases and air pollutants. It aims to experiment, test and develop energy solutions based on hydrogen, solar, tidal and wind power.
CMA CGM notes that they both share the same challenge, which is the deployment of hydrogen on a large scale in the shipping industry.
CMA CGM will contribute its industrial expertise to this floating lab, in order to promote the use of hydrogen as a zero-emission fuel source for the shipping industry in the years to come.
In early February, Toyota announced the launch of its fuel cell technology on the boat, providing additional power efficiency and high reliability to cross the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean this year.
CMA CGM has long been committed to protecting the environment and reducing its carbon footprint, as it announced that it will not use the Northern Sea Route, an area with a unique and largely unexplored biodiversity, in protection of the environment.