ANL Air Quality Objective

Air quality objective: to fight climate change


ANL Air quality


Limiting the environmental footprint


Container shipping is the most efficient and most environmentally sound method of transport. Its expansion however does lead inevitably to a rise in fuel consumption, contributing to the reduction in fossil fuel reserves and an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.


In line with its unwavering commitment to the environment and sustainable development, ANL, as part of the CMA CGM Group, actively contributes to the battle against global warming, and limits the environmental footprint of its activities.


As part of the Air Quality Objective, the Group embarked on a policy to acquire new ships, incorporating the latest technologies. These new vessels will be delivered between 2009 and 2013, and will include the following innovations:


  • An electronic injection system for the engine: since November 2008 when CMA CGM VELA (11,000 TEU) was delivered, all new vessels are being equipped with this latest generation of engines, significantly reducing consumption of fuel (-3% on average) and oil (-25%)
  • An optimized hull design to improve the ship’s hydrodynamics
  • A twisted edge rudder: since 2009 when CMA CGM THALASSA was delivered, new ships of more than 8,000 TEU are being equipped with this innovative rudder. Its leading edge is orientated to optimize the flow of water, considerably reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
  • A Pre-Swirl Stator ®: 13,000 TEU and 16,000 TEU ships ordered by the Group will be equipped with this ingenious new device. The Pre-Swirl Stator ® alters the inflow angles to the propeller to maximise propulsion efficiency. Together with the twisted leading edge rudder it optimizes a ship’s hydrodynamics to cut fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 2 to 4%
  • The equipment necessary to connect to a port’s electricity supply
  • To reduce sulphur oxide emissions, the Group has chosen to use a low sulphur fuel of a much better quality to that stipulated by international law. It has an estimated sulphur content of only 2.7% (even less in certain regions) as opposed to the regulatory 4.5%

Finally, the CMA CGM Group has a programme in place to reduce the speed of its vessels: Eco-speed. This will enable a reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, optimizing each vessel’s utilisation.