Presentation ceremony of the new CMA CGM Group flagship, the ‘Jacques Saadé’ [fr]
Malta welcomed yesterday the ‘Jacques Saadé’, the world’s largest containership powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), as the vessel makes its first call in Europe at the Malta Freeport terminal.
On Tuesday, October 27, The French Ambassador and her team took part in the first presentation ceremony in Europe of the new CMA CGM flagship, the ’Jacques Saadé’, in the presence of the Honorable Ian Borg, Minister for Transport, the Honorable Julia Farrugia Portelli, Minister for Tourism, and the CMA CGM Chief executive officer Nicolas Sartini.
This vessel is one of the biggest containers-ship in the world and the largest French merchant ship. Her size, no matter how massive, is not her most impressive attribute. Indeed, the CMA CGM Jacques Saadé is the very first in its class with a liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion system.
This marks a huge environmental step forward, especially considering the size of this flagship. Choosing LNG instead of fuel oil to power this beautiful ship indeed reduces sulfur oxide emissions by 99% and carbon dioxide emissions by 20%.
CMA CGM’s commitment towards more sustainable trade routes is particularly timely right now, and more than just the flagship of a company, this vessel could become the symbol of high-quality and modern alternatives much more respectful of the environment.
Malta Freeport Terminals is a very strategically located transshipment hub in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea.
While the marine biodiversity and ecosystems in this region are among the most threatened in the world, a sustainable conservation of the Mediterranean’s resources is possible through a blue economy, a concept understood as the sustainable development of traditional and emerging maritime sectors.
For this reason, the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron will organize the One Planet summit in January 2021 to support and amplify the actions of all stakeholders involved in environmental protection: states, international organizations, civil society, and companies such as CMA CGM, that are committed to the preservation of biodiversity, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea.
These are important issues on which France is proud to collaborate with Malta, as well as organizations such as the Valletta-based Rempec.
On this occasion, France aims to launch a structuring, multi-partner and multi-sectoral initiative dedicated to make the Mediterranean an "exemplary sea in 2030".
This action plan will be based on 4 strong commitments:
- Preservation of biodiversity,
- Reduction of the impacts of fishing,
- Mitigation of marine pollution,
- Sustainability of maritime transport.}
In that way, the CMA CGM ‘Jacques Saadé’ stands as a model to follow.
We hope there will be many more of them in the future.