The Port of Abidjan welcomes the CMA CGM ‘Scandola’, a container ship powered by liquefied natural gas

Thursday 1 February 2024 will go down in the history of the Port of Abidjan, which welcomed for the first time the CMA CGM “Scandola”, a container ship powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

The CMA CGM “Scandola”, with its imposing dimensions of 366 m long and 51.11 m wide and a capacity of 14,800 TEU, operates on CMA CGM’s West Africa Express (WAX) service, linking West Africa directly with China, South-East Asia and India.

The berthing of this natural fuel container ship at the Port of Abidjan is perfectly in line with the managerial vision of the Director General of the Port Autonome d’Abidjan, Mr Hien Yacouba SIÉ. As a reminder, the Abidjan Port Authority is committed to sustainable environmental management, and in 2018 obtained ISO 14001: 2015 environmental certification.

It should also be noted that the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) recommends LNG as the fuel of choice for ships, with a view to ensuring the energy transition in the maritime transport sector and significantly reducing pollution emissions.