During the CMA CGM Columba call in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 19, Jacques R. Saadé, CMA CGM Group's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, visited the 11,400 TEU ship. He spoke with the Captain about the savings generated by the recent change of the bulbous bow on the ship, which has reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions beyond expectations.
According to CMA CGM, the visit confirms the group’s commitment to the environment and its objective of 50% reduction of CO2/TEU-km emissions between 2005 and 2015.
In order to reduce energy consumption, the group’s ships have already been sailing at lower speeds than those they were built for. Replacing the bulbous bows decreases the ship’s hull resistance when it penetrates water. The group’s ships with the new bulbous bows are optimized for their new speed, which increases their energy efficiency.
Saadé took advantage of his visit on board the CMA CGM Columba to meet the entire crew.