Innovative CMA CGM Mermaid container ship called at the Baltic Hub terminal

2024/04/28 at 1:27 PM

The innovative CMA CGM Mermaid container ship has arrived at the Baltic Hub terminal in the Port of Gdańsk. This is the first in a series of 10 feeders that will be introduced on the shortsea routes in Europe.

Source: Baltic Hub

CMA CGM Mermaid is a container ship with a capacity of 2,000 TEU, whose design uses innovative superstructure and bow solutions as well as LNG propulsion. As a result, CO2 emissions were reduced by 20 per cent compared to ships of a similar size. CMA CGM also plans to install fuel cells on these vessels, which will generate electricity from hydrogen while mooring. The French shipping line will direct 10 ships according to this design to serve feeder routes in the Mediterranean Sea, the Baltic Sea and Northern Europe.

“Inverted, straight bow with integrated porthole provides improved hydrodynamic efficiency and enables fuel savings of up to 15 per cent per trip. We are glad that Baltic Hub is part of groundbreaking changes in maritime transport that make it more sustainable and reduce the industry’s impact on the environment,” the Baltic Hub writes in a comment on social media.

CMA CGM Mermaid was built at the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in South Korea. The ship is 204 metres long and 29.6 metres wide. More container ships of this design will be delivered to the shipping line by January 2025. CMA CGM hopes that introducing only ships to European shortsea routes will allow it to take over some of the cargo currently transported by trucks, which will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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