FRANCE / CHINA. Among the tens of millions of euros in contracts signed on Monday, 25 March 2019, during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in France, two strategic agreements between Rodolphe Saadé, Marseille CEO, CGM CMA owner, and Lei Fanpei, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).
The first is about an order for ten new container ships of 15,000 TEU (equivalent to twenty feet).
With a length of 366 meters, they are classified from 2021 and will replace ten other vessels assigned to the Asian-Mediterranean lines.
Five will be driven to LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and five prepared with hybrid scrubbers, a system capable of filtering all fine particle and sulfur emissions.
The second topic is in relation to structuring a collaboration agreement to strengthen the development of more efficient and environmentally friendly boats.
"Through this strategic partnership with China State Shipbuilding Corporation, we once again choose LNG drive and strengthen our efforts to develop more efficient and environmentally friendly shipping. We confirm our role as the leader of energy transformation from maritime transport", emphasizes Rodolphe Saadé in a statement.
CGM CGM (37,000 employees including 2,400 in Marseille) achieved a turnover of 21.1 billion € in 2018 for 21 million transported TEU containers and has a fleet of 509 vessels.