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CMA CGM and Port Authority of Singapore sign MOU

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The CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air and logistics solutions; and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, in June inked a Memorandum of Understanding to initiate a collaboration on the development of capabilities and solutions across maritime decarbonisation, digitalisation and innovation. The MOU also seeks to prime for a future-ready maritime workforce through training and skills development.

The MOU was signed by Mr Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, and Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive, MPA.

Decarbonise shipping through clean energies and technologies

To accelerate maritime decarbonisation, the two parties will explore the use of zero and low-carbon marine fuels such as e-methanol, e-methane and biofuels for commercial shipping. Research on technologies such as carbon capture solutions is another objective of the MOU.

As CMA CGM advances to be a net zero carbon company by 2050, and diversifies its energy mix, the Group recently ordered another 10 dual fuel LNG-powered vessels and 6 dual fuel methanol-powered vessels. Three of these LNG vessels, which will also be e-methane ready, will be registered under the Singapore flag. Such efforts to position the Singapore Registry of Ships for a low-carbon future reaffirm Singapore’s commitment towards decarbonization of the maritime industry.

The CMA CGM Group’s e-methane ready fleet currently counts 29 vessels in service and will have a total of 77 by 2026.

Digitalising and innovating the maritime ecosystem

Various collaboration opportunities would be explored under the MOU for greater digitalisation. These include maritime cybersecurity and just-in-time shipping, achieved through secure and seamless data exchanges for port and cargo documentation and reporting. The MOU would also see the two parties work together on innovations such as shipboard automation for more safety, efficiency and smarter solutions onboard vessels. CMA CGM and MPA will also explore establishing and investing in Singapore-based incubators and accelerators to grow Singapore-based marinetech start-ups.

The CMA CGM Group is committed to developing BETTER WAYS for a renewed shipping and logistics offering that adapts constantly to customers’ needs. In this regard, the Group accelerates shipping and logistics digitalisation by investing in R&D as well as in IoT, artificial intelligence and blockchain solutions, to develop smarter and more secure service offerings, while delivering a smoother user experience for both customers and employees. ZEBOX, the startup incubator and accelerator founded in 2018 by Rodolphe Saadé, participates in this strategy by supporting startups focusing on transport, logistics and mobility, and industry 4.0.

Transforming the maritime workforce to be future-ready and build the sustainable transport and logistics of tomorrow

Globally, the CMA CGM Group has 150,000 employees, including some 880 maritime staff in Singapore, a strategic International Maritime Hub, home to the Group’s Asia-Pacific regional office, ship management entity and fleet center.

Priming a future-ready maritime workforce is key to meet the major challenges ahead and navigate the maritime transformation arising from decarbonisation and digitalisation. Under the MOU, CMA CGM will strengthen existing collaborations with MPA in attracting talent through maritime scholarships such as the Tripartite Maritime Scholarship. The CMA CGM Group and MPA will cooperate on new industry-wide initiatives to attract and empower the Singapore-based maritime workforce, tapping on the MPA Maritime Cluster Fund.

Mr Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group said, “Decarbonization, digitalization, and innovation are strategic priorities for CMA CGM and the entire shipping industry. Given Singapore’s key position in our global network, I am very pleased to sign this partnership with the Maritime and Port Authority. It will allow us to address the challenges ahead and strengthen our existing strong ties with Singapore, its industries and its digital ecosystem, while reflecting our attachment to this country”.

Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said, “We are happy to work with a like-minded partner like CMA CGM who shares our bold ambitions to make international shipping more sustainable and resilient, and who which also believes in taking pragmatic and concrete steps towards these aspirations. I am confident that this collaboration will contribute meaningful solutions to the industry’s needs, strengthen the local marinetech ecosystem, and also build the maritime workforce capability in Singapore”.

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“K” Line enters into long term time charter contracts with QatarEnergy

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. has announced that the execution of seven long term Time Charter contracts through joint venture companies with QatarEnergy.

The joint venture companies have concurrently executed Shipbuilding contracts for 174,000m3 LNG carriers with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. QatarEnergy is one of the world’s largest LNG producers and will allocate the newbuilding vessels to transport LNG around the world.

The newbuilding vessels will be equipped with X-DF 2.1 iCER and Air Lubrication System which will contribute to reduction of GHG emissions and realize the ease of environmental impact by lower fuel consumption in operation. Since the delivery of “Bishu Maru” in 1983 as the first Japanese LNG carrier, “K” Line has been establishing expertise on LNG transportation and developing its worldwide network for
nearly 40 years.

X-DF 2.1 iCER is a low speed dual-fuel engine with gas at low pressure. Air Lubrication System is technology to curb the resistance between the ship’s hull and seawater by generating air bubbles on the ship’s bottom.

“K” LINE and QatarEnergy have had long-term relationship through several existing projects. The new contracts have been executed as a successful result of supervision of vessel’s construction with abundant experience, the high-quality ship management, and the highest
level of safe and commercially optimized operation.

In our Medium-Term Management Plan published in May 2022, “K” LINE has placed LNG business as one of the top priority areas in the future investment. “K” LINE will further expand long-term contracts and accommodate growing energy demands by responding to various customers’ needs.

Main Particulars of the Vessel

Shipyard: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.
Delivery: From 2025 through 2026
LOA: About 299m
Beam: 46.4m
Tank Capacity: 174,000m3
Propulsion System: X-DF
Speed: 19.5knt

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Yang Ming to add ‘YM Throne’ – a new 11,000 TEU container vessel

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Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. will add one more new 11,000 TEU container vessel, ‘YM Throne’. The vessel is chartered from Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. and built by Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The naming ceremony of YM Throne took place at Imabari Hiroshima Shipyard. Yang Ming’s attendees joined the ceremony remotely at their Taipei office.

To further strengthen Yang Ming’s mid- to long-term operational efficiency, the company ordered a total of fourteen 11,000 TEU newbuildings through long-term charter agreements with ship owners. YM Throne is the thirteenth in the series and will be delivered in late August. This type of vessels has a nominal capacity of 11,860 TEU and is equipped with 1,000 plugs for reefer containers. With a length of 333.9 meters, a width of 48.4 meters, a draft of 16 meters, these vessels are designed to cruise at a speed up to 23 knots. The containerships incorporate various environmental features including scrubbers, Water Ballast Treatment Plant and Alternative Marine Power system.

This type of vessels adopts the twin-island design to increase loading capacity and navigational visibility to ensure more efficiency and safety. The ship hull form optimization will further increase energy saving, reduce overall emissions and increase fleet diversity. In addition, the ships are designed with shorter length and beam, which makes them easier to maneuver during berthing or departure. The new dimensions enable these ships to call at major ports worldwide and pass through the new Panama Canal with no restriction, and facilitate greater flexibility in vessel deployment.

Yang Ming started taking delivery of these new vessels from 2020. These additions can lower the average age of Yang Ming’s global fleet, reduce unit cost and achieve energy efficiency. In addition, these newbuildings will help the company to proactively cope with the challenges faced by the fast-changing shipping industry. YM Throne will be deployed on Yang Ming’s Trans-Pacific service PN3 after delivery. The new vessel will not only meet customer needs but also maximize capacity utilization. The joining of YM Throne will significantly enhance the competitiveness of Yang Ming’s global fleet and service network.

The port rotation for the 1st voyage of YM Throne in PN3 is Hong Kong – Yantian – Shanghai – Pusan – Vancouver – Tokyo – Kobe – Pusan – Kaohsiung – Hong Kong.

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MOL to equip bulk carrier with the “Wind Challenger” hard sail system

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced its intent to equip a second bulk carrier with the “Wind Challenger” hard sail system, which harnesses the power of wind to propel the vessel. MOL Group company MOL Drybulk Ltd. will operate the vessel, which will transport wood pellets for Enviva Inc., the world’s leading producer of sustainable wood bioenergy, and has signed a construction contract for the new ship with Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The vessel, slated for delivery in 2024, will be the second Wind Challenger-equipped vessel in the MOL Group fleet, following one scheduled to enter services in October of this year.

MOL group is also examining the feasibility of adopting “Rotor Sails,” an auxiliary wind propulsion system developed by Anemoi Marine Technologies Ltd, of the U.K. Combined use of both the Wind Challenger and Rotor Sails is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 20%.

For years, Enviva and MOL have engaged in discussions to improve the efficiency of marine transportation through a contract for the shipping of wood pellets in Atlantic waters. In recent years, there has been a need to reduce the environmental impact of the entire supply chain. As we entered into a partnership in March 2021 with the aim of realizing an environmentally friendly bulk carrier, we have been considering the introduction of energy-saving technology and this is a culmination of our studies so far.

MOL Group clearly states that the group will make a concerted effort to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050, under “MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1.” It will further push forward adoption of energy-saving technologies using wind such as the Wind Challenger and Rotor Sails, to help reduce GHG emissions and realize a low- and de-carbonized society.

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