Even before it became law, CMA CGM 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, CMA CGM continues 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 ships reduce their speed by 10 knots when entering certain areas along the east coast of the United States.