Technology group Wärtsilä announced it will supply methanol-fuelled auxiliary engines for six CMA CGM newbuild container vessels.
n particular, the engines have been ordered for six 15,000 TEU container vessels which are being built at the Dalian Shipbuilding yard in China. The six container vessels will be the first CMA CGM vessels ordered to operate on methanol fuel.
Our goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. By fitting our future fleet with methanol systems, we will be making a serious contribution towards achieving this target.
… said Xavier Leclercq, Vice-President of CMA SHIPS.
For each of the vessels, the full Wärtsilä scope includes three six-cylinder and one seven-cylinder Wärtsilä 32M engines fitted with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems. The equipment is scheduled for delivery commencing in late 2024, and the vessel is expected to be delivered in autumn 2025.
We have worked closely with CMA CGM for many years, with both our companies sharing a commitment to decarbonising marine operations. We are, therefore, honoured to have been selected to supply the methanol-fuelled engines for these newbuild vessels.
… said Roger Holm, President of Wärtsilä’s Marine Power business.
As DNV had noted, the order book for methanol-fuelled ships keeps growing, including for containerships, bulk carriers, tankers and even cruise and passenger vessels, with the first deliveries expected in 2024.
Meanwhile, last week, a significant milestone was achieved regarding methanol as a maritime fuel as the world’s first ship-to-containership methanol bunkering operation took place.