The CMA CGM Group orders seven new biogas-powered ships to serve the French West Indies


Delivered gradually as of 2024, the seven new container ships – four 7,300 TEU vessels and three 7,900 TEU vessels – will serve Guadeloupe and Martinique, significantly increasing services to the two islands and maintaining the same service standards, reliability and regularity. They will replace smaller ships dedicated to routes between the French West Indies, France and Europe.

To cope with these larger capacity vessels, the CMA CGM Group will help to modernize and increase the capacity of the biggest shipping ports in Guadeloupe and Martinique, as well as make wharfs larger. Fort de France and Pointe à Pitre, central hubs of the Caribbean and South America, will be the starting point for trans-shipments to Guyana, Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy and northeast Brazil.

With its new investment, the Group hopes to offer more support to its customers and partners and, more generally, to the economies of Martinique and Guadeloupe.

The CMA CGM Group is committed to the energy transition and has set itself the target of becoming Net Zero Carbon by 2050. The seven new ships rolled out in the French West Indies in two years will be powered by biogas. This technology helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect air quality by eliminating almost all air pollutants.

The CMA CGM Group plays a key role in developing the two islands and has always acted as a link between the French West Indies, France and the rest of the world through its activities. CMA CGM transports 100% of bananas from the French West Indies to France. It operates dedicated shipping lines to Guadeloupe and Martinique and is involved in structural actions to help boost the local economy and make it more attractive.

Source: CMA CGM