The Port of Algeciras has just welcomed the first call to port in Spain of the largest LNG-powered megaship in the world: CMA CGM Jaques Saadé during the last few hours.
The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé, with a capacity for 23.112 TEU and 400 meters length, belongs to the iconic French Asia Line service (FAL 1) of CMA CGM for the Ocean Alliance also participated by COSCO and EVERGREEN. The service, that connects Asia and Europe, is operating regularly in Algeciras since June 2015.
LNG is a real, sustainable alternative for maritime transportation. Compared with traditional fuels, LNG reduces CO2 emissions by 20%, eliminates 99% of all sulphur dioxide emissions and particles, and substantially reduces nitrous oxide emissions. This is why LNG is the replacement fuel that will help most in eventually decarbonising the maritime transportation process. CMA-CGM's pioneering move of fitting out 26 of its ships with LNG-powered engines by 2022 is well under way.
The CMA CGM Jaques Saadé was received by a delegation from our Port Authority, TTI Algeciras and CMA-CGM, who together awarded a commemorative plaque to the captain of the French shipping-line's flagship - Mr. Jean-Baptiste François. The Chairman of the Port of Algeciras Authority - Mr. Gerardo Landaluce - highlighted the excellent work shown by the Port of Algeciras technical-nautical services that have assisted this "magnificent ambassador of maritime transport sustainability". The General Manager of TTIA - Mr. Alonso Luque - reminded the public that "this call to port comes at a significant time, seeing that this year TTIA has just celebrated 10 years of operations and 10 million TEUs handled since 2010".