CMA CGM & PSA collaborate with Digital Solutions to reduce Carbon Footprint


The CMA CGM Group, a global leader in sea, land, air and logistics solutions and PSA Corporation Ltd (PSA), a subsidiary of PSA International, a leading global port group and trusted partner to cargo stakeholders, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly create and implement sustainable solutions relating to CMA CGM’s port and terminal handling activities in Singapore, through the joint venture partnership in CMA CGM-PSA Lion Terminal (CPLT). One of the focus areas is to adopt PSA’s OptE-Arrive digital solution to reduce carbon emissions by optimising bunker consumption.

Laurent Olmeta, Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Asia Pacific, said, “The CMA CGM Group is delighted to take sustainable shipping forward with PSA through digital and operational solutions. As we advance in our energy transition to be a net-zero carbon company by 2050, we shall continue to pursue energy efficiency, optimise the network, design containerships to progressively operate with zero-carbon energy, and develop a supply chain for new zero-carbon energies,”.

Opt-E-Arrive is programmed to enable CMA CGM vessels to skip the anchorage stop and arrive just in time at the berth at CPLT. The solution synchronises transparent real-time activities and automates data exchange between the carrier and port operator systems. Therefore, the dynamic intelligence enables CMA CGM vessels to optimise vessel speed to be timely for the berth.

This innovative solution is set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by optimising bunker consumption. An annualised bunker savings of 4 % to 7 % for CMA CGM vessels arriving in Singapore is expected to be achieved with the digital solution.

Opt-E-Arrive will complement CMA CGM’s existing Fleet Centers, which can be described as vessel control towers with smart decision support tools for the Group’s 566 vessels and their crews. Backed by 26 team members in Marseille, Miami and Singapore, the Fleet Centers provide round the clock support to ensure the safety of the Group’s crew, vessels and cargoes and also offer real-time data to adapt vessels’ routes and speed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A shared commitment to decarbonisation

The extended collaborations demonstrate the shared commitment between the CMA CGM Group and PSA to drive excellence and decarbonise shipping through the joint venture partnership in CPLT.

In February this year, the CMA CGM Group launched biofuel bunkering at CPLT as part of its global trial to scale up the broader adoption of clean energy. In March 2021, CPLT hosted Asia’s first ship-to-containership LNG bunkering undertaken by CMA CGM in Singapore. This paves the way for CMA CGM’s LNG powered vessels to refuel LNG during container operations in the Port of Singapore, reducing transit times and their stay in the port.

Leading shipping’s energy transition with a fleet of 44 e-methane ready vessels by the end of 2024

The CMA CGM Group is committed to the energy transition and has set itself the goal of Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2050. In pursuit of this goal, the Group adopts the best available solutions.

The CMA CGM Group has invested in dual-fuel vessels that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), avoiding up to 99% of atmospheric pollutant emissions. LNG is an important first step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the engine installed on these vessels can use BioLNG (reducing CO₂ emissions by 67%).

Mr Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA International, said, “PSA aims to create an Internet of Logistics through building a connected system of nodes and platforms together with our customers and partners. We are delighted to collaborate with our steadfast partner, CMA CGM, to enhance service excellence through various initiatives. With greater visibility, closer cooperation and enhanced cargo flow with digital solutions, we can move the world together sustainably and with greater agility and efficiency.”

In the coming years, those engines will use synthetic methane (including e-methane). The CMA CGM Group already has a fleet of 28 “e-methane ready” vessels in service and will have a total of 44 such vessels by the end of 2024.

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