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Classification contract signed for CMA CGM's nine LNG-fuelled boxships

Two Chinese shipyards ink contract with certification agency Bureau Veritas.

(Left to right): Claude Maillot, Senior Vice President, North Asia & China, Bureau Veritas hands the AiP certificate to Geng Wei-Xiang, Vice Chief Engineer, SWS. Image credit: Bureau Veritas

Updated on 05 Dec 2017 12:12 GMT

The classification contract for CMA CGM's landmark order for nine 22,000-TEU containerships - the first ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) to be fuelled by LNG - was signed on Tuesday by the two shipyards that will be responsible for their construction: Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co., Ltd and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (SWS).

The signing ceremony was held at the Marintec 2017 trade show in Shanghai, China. Witnessing proceedings were Chen Jun, president of Hudong-Zhonghua, and Wang Qi, chairman of SWS, together with Claude Maillot, Bureau Veritas, Senior Vice-President, Marine & Offshore, North Asia and China.

Maillot commented: "Bureau Veritas is delighted and honoured to be classing these ships and we are looking forward to working with Hudong-Zhonghua and SWS through this project and we thank both them and CMA CGM for trusting Bureau Veritas with this important project."

As Bunker Index previously reported, Bureau Veritas has been closely involved in feasibility studies, working with the owner, builders and technology providers.

The certification agency was involved in investigating the feasibility of the bunker tank design together with shipbuilder China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) - the owner of Hudong-Zhonghua - and LNG tank specialist GTT.

Each of the nine ships will have a bunker storage capacity of 18,600 cubic metres (cbm), which Bureau Veritas said last month "represents a significantly higher volume than has been required in the LNG fuelled ship market."

"This is a breakthrough order for gas-fuelled shipping - both in scale and in the use of a membrane containment system. Bureau Veritas has been supporting the project throughout, providing assistance to ensure the requirements for the safe use of LNG are addressed," Philippe Donche-Gay, President, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, remarked last month.

On Monday, Total and CMA CGM confirmed that they had signed an agreement for the nine boxships covering the supply of around 3 million tonnes of LNG over 10 years starting in 2020. Total's affiliate, Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, will be responsible for performing the deliveries.

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