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PARIS: August 23, 2019 As the G7 leaders meet in Biarritz August 24-26, the CMA CGM Group has announced it will not use the Northern Sea Route between Asia and Europe – currently being developed by Russia and China and last year tested by Maersk Line.

In a statement, the shipping line acknowledged the NSR has been made navigable due to the effects of global warming and if developed would represent a significant danger to the unique natural ecosystems of the region, mainly due to the numerous threats posed by accidents, oil pollution or collisions with marine wildlife.

CMA CGM West IndiesMeeting with French president Emmanuel Macron and Economy and Finance minister Bruno Le Maire, minister of Labour Muriel Pénicaud and deputy minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Brune Poirson, CMA CGM chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saadé said his company would also choose LNG to power future ships.

During the meeting, Saadé presented Macron with a Sustainable Actions for Innovative and Low-impact Shipping (SAILS) charter on behalf of 10 French maritime operators: Brittany Ferries, CMA CGM, Corsica ferries, Corsica Linea, Express des îles, Jifmar, La Méridionale, LDA, Orange Marine and PONANT.

The charter signatories have committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect whales, optimise vessel energy and performance, and strengthen relations with the scientific community.

“We make these choices to meet the needs of our employees and our customers, who are increasingly concerned about the environment. But above all, we make these decisions for the future, to leave our children a cleaner planet. These are brave, bold choices, which go far beyond purely business decisions,” declared Saadé. “This is a firm belief for us, born out of our family ethos and our strong human values, to make responsible, forward-looking choices. That is how we plan to build fairer, more environmentally-friendly trade, and I invite the entire industry – competitors, partners and customers – to join us.”

By 2022, CMA CGM will operate 20 LNG-powered vessels including nine box ships with a capacity of 23,000 TEU each with the first due for delivery next year.

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