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The class society is a founding partner of the Coalition for Maritime Environmental and Energy Transition, which has been created by the French Maritime Cluster to define ‘a 2050 vision for maritime environmental and energy transition’.

A ceremony to mark BV’s membership of the coalition took place in the presence of Elisabeth Borne, the French Minister for Environmental and Solidarity Transition, during the Assises de l’Economie de la Mer, a leading annual gathering for the French maritime community held on 3-4 December in Montpellier. A further 22 industry stakeholders have also joined the coalition

Matthieu de Tugny, President Marine & Offshore at Bureau Veritas, commented on the new collaboration: ‘The transition to cleaner and low carbon energy is a global requirement and the leadership taken by the French cluster reflects this need: both in the technology being developed for global markets and the initiatives of shipowners.’

One of those shipowners, CMA CGM, is building the world’s biggest LNG fuelled ships in China – with GTT’s Mark III Flex containment systems being fitted in the nine ships ordered.

Commenting on this, Matthieu de Tugny said: ‘We are seeing new models for ship design and ship operations and as a classification society we are highly focused on helping the industry respond to the challenge of change.’

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

Saadé argued that CMA CGM’s commitment to LNG marked the French shipping giant as a ‘pioneer’ in this energy transition, and he added: ‘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.’


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