South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) has delivered CMA CGM Tenere, the world’s first LNG-fuelled ultra large container ship (ULCS) to Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS)
With a capacity of 14,861 TEU, CMA CGM Tenere is the first of six neo-panamax container ships built by HSHI for EPS. Each ship will be powered by a single two-stroke, electronically controlled MAN B&W 11G90ME-GI main engine – the largest and most powerful gas engine MAN Energy Solutions has produced to date. The engine has a maximum continuous rating of 68,640 kW. As we reported, sea trials on the ME-GI engine were completed in August.
Equipped with a 12,000-m3 LNG fuel tank, CMA CGM Tenere will have enough fuel capacity to complete a roundtrip voyage between Asia and Europe. With a length of 366 m, beam of 51 m and depth of 29.9 m, CMA CGM Tenere has been chartered from EPS by French container shipping company CMA CGM.
Larger LNG-fuelled box ship to come
CMA CGM is also awaiting the delivery of the 23,000-TEU, LNG-powered CMA CGM Jacques Saade from China’s Shanghai Jiangnan-Changxing Shipyard. With an overall length of 400 m and beam of 61 m, the vessel is the first of nine 23,000-TEU container ships that will operate between Asia and Northern Europe. Each will have a massive 18,600-m3 capacity LNG fuel tank.
Sea trials for the second ship in the series, CMA CGM Palais Royal, were held by in August.
Meanwhile, EPS will take delivery of the last of the six 14,861-TEU box ships in the series in Q3 2022.
To date, HHI Group has inked contracts to build a total of 44 vessels operating on LNG, including bulk carriers, tankers and container ships.
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