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Rodolphe Saadé, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, has called on the French President Emmanuel Macron to ‘initiate an international coalition for the energy transition of the transportation sector’.

At the same time, Saadé also announced the choice of Marseille-Fos as a’ strategic hub’ in the Mediterranean for the supply of LNG to CMA CGM’s future 15,000-TEU vessels.

Speaking at the French Maritime Economy Conference in Marseille-Fos today, Saadé said that, as the first shipping company in the world to have chosen LNG to power its ultra-large container vessels, CMA CGM is ‘at the heart of the development of a global LNG supply chain’.

In its official statement on Saadé’s presentation, CMA CGM commented: ‘As the leading French port, Marseille-Fos thus reinforces its attractiveness by offering LNG bunkering solutions for the supply of ultra-large container vessels, following the examples of the major Northern European ports. This decision will perpetuate and develop the Marseille-Fos LNG activity, thus creating additional jobs. By choosing Marseille-Fos, the CMA CGM Group reaffirms its strong commitment to the Marseille region and to the development of an increasingly eco-responsible freight transport offer from the historic cradle of the company.’

Saadé added: ‘With the choice of liquefied natural gas, the CMA CGM Group is a pioneer in the energy transition of the maritime industry. To meet the challenges ahead, we must go even further and work together: maritime, air and land carriers, logisticians, energy companies and motorists, in Europe and around the world. With the support of the French President, France will launch a major global coalition for the energy of tomorrow.’

Photo credit: CMA CGM

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