France-based GTT is to supply the 18,600 mᶾ fuel tanks for compatriot CMA CGM’s ultra-large, LNG-powered container ships, supporting the shipowner’s game-changing announcement yesterday that it will operate its giant vessels using LNG from the off.
“GTT is entering the era of LNG fuel,” the French manufacturer announced.
GTT will design the cryogenic fuel tanks for Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group), which is building five of the nine 22,000 TEU container ships. The remaining four container ships will be built at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. However, Hudong-Zhonghua will build all nine membrane tanks.
CMA CGM will take delivery of the nine newbuildings from late 2019 to late 2020. The LNG fuel tanks will feature GTT’s Mark III membrane insulation system, “allowing a maximum useage of cargo capacity”.
GTT has made no secret of its ambitions to lead the market manufacturing LNG fuel tanks. Chairman and chief executive Philippe Berterottière told LNG World Shipping last year at SMM in Hamburg that the firm sees opportunity here from container ships and cruise ships in particular.
“This contract is the result of more than four years of development by GTT in this market segment,” GTT said. “These sea giants will be able to carry 22,000 containers each, instead of 21,000 containers for the biggest ships in operation.”
Mr Berterottière said “This order is a game-changer. It marks the adoption of clean fuels by the container ships industry. GTT is proud to work side-by-side with CMA CGM and Hudong-Zhonghua within this revolution.”