ANL Sea Objective

To prevent pollution at sea


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To innovate and protect the environment


In order to limit the consequences for the environment of an incident at sea, the Group improved its new ships at the design stage by locating the fuel tanks at the centre of the vessel, providing an additional bilge settling tank for machinery space, and additional bilge holding tank for the cargo hold. Finally, all equipment on deck is electric to eliminate the problem of hydraulic fluid leaks.


The Group has also broken new ground by equipping its future vessels with a new pollution prevention technique called the Fast Oil Recovery System®. Developed by JLMD, this reliable, safe and simple system enables hydrocarbons to be rapidly recovered at any time. Each tank is fitted with connecting pipes so that hot water can be injected in and hydrocarbons extracted. It works on the Archimedes’ principle where, by introducing water into the bottom of the tank naturally pushes the hydrocarbons up to the highest point, from where they can be extracted without the need for a pump.


Protecting biodiversity


To protect marine ecosystems


BallastsEven before it became law, we had already decided in 1999 to use an anti-fouling coating that did not contain the toxic TBT (tributylin) on the hulls of its new ships. Since then older vessels have been systematically repainted with the TBT-free coating when they come in to the yard for careening.


The Group was also the first to test a new generation of silicon-based anti-fouling paint on CMA CGM MANET (2,200 TEU) and CMA CGM BIZET (6,627 TEU).


To protect marine and coastal ecosystems in compliance with the IMO’s 2004 International Convention, a ballast management plan is in operation on all CMA CGM Group’s vessels. Exchanges are made out to sea in deep water at least 200 miles from the coast. To improve controls, we continue to examine new ways of treating ballast water.


As part of the worldwide effort to protect cetaceans, particularly the North Atlantic Right Whale, CMA CGM Group ships reduce their speed by 10 knots when entering certain areas along the east coast of the United States


Reducing garbage and waste


Innovative and ecological : the green ship


Innovative and ecologicalExceeding even the demands of the Marpol Convention, and following the example set by CMA CGM TOSCA (8,500 TEU), the Group is committed to an innovative, ecological and exemplary approach dubbed the “green ship".


This initiative involves four key actions:


  • To recycle all garbage
  • To abolish incinerators in favour of a new generation compactor To forbid the discharge of waste overboard (other than biodegradable food waste)
  • To pay special attention to making the most of recycling channels on shore