CMA CGM’s New LNG-Powered Megaship Carries Record Number Of Containers

Posted on Oct 14

The world’s first natural gas-powered containership, the CMA CGM Jacques Saade that has a capacity of 23,000 TEU and is powered by cleaner burning Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), has just set a new world record for the highest number of full containers loaded on a single vessel by reportedly carrying 20,723 “full” containers.

If confirmed this would set a new world record for the greatest number of containers ever carried by a container ship.

The 400 meters long CMA GCM Jacques Saade, the first of nine LNG-powered vessels with 23,000 TEU capacity, is powered by the largest and most powerful LNG-fueled engine, the X92DF developed by WinGD, which holds the title of the powerful two-stroke dual fuel engine delivering a whopping 63,840 kW of power.

Cleaner burning LNG is compliant with the IMO’s 0.5% Sulphur mandate aimed at reducing emissions of sulfur oxides and fine particles by 99% and nitrogen oxides emissions by up to 85% compared to conventional fuels, is widely seen as a transitioning fuel in the shipping industry’s efforts to decarbonize.