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Bureau Veritas I Container
Navigation, +Hull, +Mach,
Veristar hull, In water
CMA CGM, France
12K98ME-c Mk 7
1 x fixed pitch, six blades
1 x 3,000kW
2,820kW diesel generators
Heavy fuel oil/low
20 + 3 cadets
French shipping company CMA CGM
took delivery of its largest and most
environmentally friendly container ship
from Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2009.
The 11,400TEU 'CMA CGM Andromeda'
is the result of a reported eight-year
commitment to environmental action by
CMA CGM. The vessel has been deployed
on the company's French Asia Line linking
northern Europe with China and although
it is capable of a maximum speed of 24
knots, it slow steams in line with the
company's Eco-speed programme. Under
the guidance of a fleet navigation centre
that tracks it closely, the most fuel-efficient
routes are determined based on currents
and weather conditions.
Currently, 'Andromeda' sails at speeds
of between 19 and 20 knots on the Asia to
Europe trade and between 14 and 15 knots
from Europe to Asia. This speed reduction
allows CMA CGM to operate more vessels
on the same trade, a strategy that achieves
economies of scale in the current
economic climate as well as reducing
carbon dioxide emissions.
'Andromeda' is 363 metres long, 45
metres across the beam and has a draught
of 15.5 metres. An electronically controlled
engine brings a three percent fuel saving
and reduces oil consumption by 25
percent. It also allows flexible engine
utilisation to support slow steaming.
To cut consumption by a further two
to four percent, the vessel has a
streamlined hull and twisted leading edge
rudder. It also has a low-sulphur fuel
system and is pre-fitted with cold ironing
capability so that dockside electrical
power can be used at berth as it becomes
available in the future.
CMA CGM has incorporated safety
measures to reduce pollution risks. For
example, all bridge equipment is electric
to eliminate the risk of hydraulic leaks.
The vessel's fuel tanks are protected by a
double hull and a fast oil recovery system
allows them to be emptied quickly in
an emergency. 'Andromeda' also has
additional tanks to treat grey and bilge
water and a rigorous shipboard waste
management programme that includes
waste sorting systems and multi-chamber
compactors. Incinerators have been
eliminated to reduce air emissions.
Another 51 company-owned vessels
with similar environmental credentials are
scheduled for delivery by 2012.
For further information contact:
Hyundai Heavy Industries, Korea.
PH: +82 52 202 2114, FX: +82 52 202 3470,
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Photo: Thierry Dosogne
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