In step with news on the historic World Climate Agreement
we wish to highlight the significant progress the CMA CGM,
a leader in the shipping industry, has been making in this respect
Capt. Francois Plunian in command of the CMA CGM Jules Verne, one of the largest containerships offering approx. 80-day voyages, but not around-the-world. She rather joined her sistership the CMA CGM Marco Polo (pictured below) in trade from northern Europe to China.
These French mega containerships, including the series with capacity of 18,000 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) just coming out from the yards, are the most eco-friendly ships, which have helped to reduce carbon emissions in their fleet to one half within the last 10 years.
Shipping industry is much less polluting than air transportation, calculated on a per passenger or per ton of cargo basis. But the fact that 90% of the world trade is carried by ships, makes this progress all the more important. The company's directive is: “CMA CGM must lead by example in terms of environmental protection, whether it be by acting against climate change or by preserving the maritime environment.”
And another piece of good news comes
from French Polynesia
The Aranui 5 sailed on the inaugural voyage last week
The Aranui 5 has been built in China this year as a passenger and cargo vessel. Like her predecessor, she is registered as a passenger ship under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), for international operation.
Service between Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands includes a 14-day itinerary with stops along the way at Rangiroa and Takapoto in the Tuamotu Islands and Bora Bora in the Society Islands.
The government, political and community leaders attended the ribbon cutting, which was part of the inaugural festivities in Papeete, Tahiti on Dec. 9.
Dancing was the major part of celebration, which will continue on the islands during the current, inaugural, voyage from Dec. 12 till Dec. 26.
The next sailing is on Jan. 16, then Feb. 6 and Feb. 27, and so on for a total of 17 voyages in 2016. All upper class cabins have been booked already for the year, but some standard cabins are still available.
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