Total and a French shipping company will work together to supply about 300,000tonnes of liquefied natural gas a year for 10 years starting in 2020.
The deal will keep busy CMA CGM’s nine newbuild container ships, scheduled for delivery starting 2020.
Total chief executive Patrick Pouyanne said: “CMA CGM’s decision to adopt LNG propulsion for its new build container ships sends a strong signal to the maritime world.
“The wider use of LNG as a fuel is an important component of Total’s LNG strategy, and we are delighted to support CMA CGM as it implements this ambitious project.
“This agreement highlights our involvement in developing dedicated supply chains for this new fuel. We are once again demonstrating our ability to provide customized energy solutions to our customers.”