France approves LNG as a fuel for the maritime industry

France has announced its intention to support LNG as a marine fuel. Switching to LNG as a fuel is one of the steps shipping companies are taking to comply with stricter emissions rules from 2020.

French shipping company CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest container ship operator according to TEU, recently announced a major investment in LNG-powered container ships. In a bold move, the company decided to equip nine new builds of 22,000 TEUs with all the equipment needed to run on natural gas. The carrier also worked with LNG supplier ENGIE on a feasibility study for LNG bunkering and LNG-powered container ships.

According to Reuters, CMA CGM noted that the supply chain will be a major challenge for LNG fuel and announced its discussions with other parties, including ports, on how to adapt LNG infrastructure.

France will change LNG regulations to allow refueling in ports and will consider changing tax rules on the depreciation of investments in new vessels or engine technology, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Tuesday. of a speech at a shipping conference in Le Havre.

“We need to use this (energy) transition to differentiate ourselves in the market – in transport and in port services,” he said. “We want French ports to be equipped (…) with LNG facilities and also the ability to electrically recharge ships,” he said.

News from the Sea, November 23