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CMA CGM partners with Shell for marine biofuel supply

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Shipping and logistics provider CMA CGM Group has partnered with Shell for the supply of tens of thousands of tonnes of marine biofuel to its fleet.

The volume of fuel will allow CMA CGM’s vessels to travel almost one million kilometres, equivalent to over 80 round-trips between Rotterdam in the Netherlands and the US city of New York.

In 2019, CMA CGM became the world’s first shipowner to successfully test the use of a marine biofuels onboard its containerships White Shark and Alexander Von Humboldt.

The fuel to be supplied under the new partnership with Shell is comprised of 80% low sulphur fuel oil and 20% biofuel, sourced from used cooking oil. The biofuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80% and virtually eliminates emissions of sulphur oxides.

The new partnership builds on the company’s current initiatives for environmental protection and confirms its pioneering role in shipping sector’s energy transition.

Additionally, CMA CGM plans to unite major maritime transport players in an international coalition initiated by the group’s president and CEO Rodolphe Saadé, and supported by French President Emmanuel Macron. The coalition will work towards “the emergence of tomorrow’s clean energy for decarbonised transport”, according to the shipper.