With a common ambition to realise zero emission shipping, French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM has joined forces with Energy Observer.
Formerly a legendary racing boat, Energy Observer is the world’s first energy self-sufficient seagoing vessel powered by hydrogen.
Energy Observer is sailing around the world in order to speed up development of the most innovative solutions for the environment.
The partnership with CMA CGM aims to develop cleaner and more sustainable energies to eliminate CO2 emissions, greenhouse gases and air pollutants.
It also aims to experiment, test and develop energy solutions based on hydrogen, solar, tidal and wind power.
The green hydrogen used by Energy Observer is made from seawater using on-board renewable sources of electricity – solar, wind and hydropower.
CMA CGM will contribute its industrial expertise to Energy Observer’s floating lab, in order to promote the use of hydrogen as a zero emission fuel source for the shipping industry in the years to come.
CMA CGM will also contribute its shipping and logistics expertise to Energy Observer.
The Energy Observer village will be made from containers converted and transported by CMA CGM with the large-scale operational support from the whole CMA CGM network around the world.
It will travel the globe, presenting the latest technological innovations to the largest possible number of people and raising
Tanya Saadé Zeenny, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, said, “CMA CGM is joining forces with Energy Observer to accelerate the development of tomorrow’s energy solutions, particularly hydrogen.”
“Our partnership will mobilise all of CMA CGM’s know-how. Our teams of engineers and R&D experts are already working and our network around the world will be strongly mobilised to ensure the logistical support of Energy Observer’s worldwide ports of call.”
Victorien Erussard, Energy Observer’s founder and Captain, added, “CMA CGM is a key partner in our quest for clean transport.”
“With CMA CGM’s huge experience in the shipping industry, our respective engineers and our technology partners, we have every chance of achieving our goals, which are ambitious but increasingly realistic.”
“We are all driven by the same passion for technology and the desire to develop alternative energy solutions.”
“The sea is something we can all share, and it is time to share our skills in order to protect the ocean, our favourite environment. We are delighted to be joining the 500-plus vessels in the CMA CGM fleet.”