CMA CGM Rules Out Northern Sea Route

Prioritizes LNG fuelling

Shipping line CMA CGM has announced a commitment to avoid using the Northern Sea Route in future, declaring it the “socially responsible choice to protect the biodiversity of both the Arctic region and the entire planet.”
“Today, the Northern Sea Route, which runs the length of the Siberian Coast, connects Asia to Europe. It has been made navigable due to the effects of global warming ... The use of the Northern Sea Route will represent a significant danger to the unique natural ecosystems of this part of the world,” a spokesperson for CMA CGM said.
Citing the “unique and largely unexplored biodiversity” of the Arctic, CMA CGM commited that none of the group’s vessels will use the Northern Sea Route along Siberia, “despite the major competitive advantage” this route represents for shipping companies.

LNG Power

The group simultaneously announced that it is to give priority to liquefied natural gas, or LNG, as the fuel of choice for its fleet.
“We make these choices to meet the needs of our employees and our customers, who are increasingly concerned about the environment. But above all, we make these decisions for the future, to leave our children a cleaner planet,” said Rodolphe SaadĂ©, group CEO, speaking at the recent G7 summit in Biarritz.

Spearheading its commitment to LNG, the group has already ordered nine ultra-large LNG-powered ships with the first ship in this fleet set be delivered as early as 2020. The group estimates it will have 20 LNG-powered vessels in its fleet by 2022.

SAILS Initiative

A founding member of the Sustainable Actions for Innovative and Low-impact Shipping, or SAILS, the group is one of ten French signatory shipping companies to back the intitiave by the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition.

“Through this charter … all members of Armateurs de France, commit to implementing specific actions in the reduction of emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, whale protection, vessel energy optimization and performance, and strengthening of relations with the scientific community,” CMA CGM states.

With 511 vessels operating at more than 420 ports on five continents, the group handled more than 500,000 tons of airfreight and 1.9 million tons of inland freight in 2018. Headquartered in Marseille, the group operates a network of 755 offices and 750 warehouses, employing 110,000 people worldwide.