Containerships Executes First SIMOPS for LNG Bunkering

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  • Containerships carries out SIMOPS bunkering on its LNG-powered CONTAINERSHIPS NORD vessel in the Port of Rotterdam. 
  • CONTAINERSHIPS NORD becomes the first container carrier performing SIMOPS in Europe by means of “ship-to-ship” bunkering. 
  • Containerships worked with Shell, its bunker supplier, with the Port of Rotterdam and with the RST Terminal. 
  • This paves the way for the same procedure on CONTAINERSHIPS POLAR. 
  • Lesser Carbon, Sulphur, Nitrogen oxide and fine particle emissions when compared to the heavy fuel oil. 

Marinelink reports Containerships performed its first simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) bunkering. 

Concomitant bunkering of LNG

This will allow for the concomitant bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and execution of loading and unloading procedures.

An unprecedented achievement improving Containerships’ operational efficiency and highlighting the Group’s leading role in the energy transition of the shipping industry

SIMOPS bunkering on  Containerships Nord

Containerships successfully carried out SIMOPS bunkering on its LNG-powered CONTAINERSHIPS NORD vessel in the Port of Rotterdam on  July 4th, 2019. 

The vessel thus becomes the first container carrier performing SIMOPS in Europe by means of “ship-to-ship” bunkering.

Collaboration with Shell Port of Rotterdam and with the RST Terminal

To ensure a fluent and safe ship-to-ship bunkering, Containerships worked closely together with Shell, its bunker supplier, with the Port of Rotterdam and with the RST Terminal. 

The vessel received approximately 200 tons of LNG.

Plans for Containerships Polar

This unprecedented achievement paves the way for this procedure to be performed on other LNG-powered vessels, including the recently delivered CONTAINERSHIPS POLAR, the sister ship of the CONTAINERSHIPS NORD.

Reduction in transit times

SIMOPS reduces the ship’s stay in the Port significantly and operational delays can be avoided, thereby, reducing transit times. 

This, in turn, offers the CMA CGM Group customers a highly reliable and fast connection between Northern Europe and the Baltics.

Protection of Environment 

With LNG, Containerships as part of the CMA CGM Group reinforces its commitment to the protection of the environment and the energy transition of the maritime industry. 

Benefits over the heavy fuel oil 

The use of this fuel indeed represents a real technological breakthrough which yields significant benefits compared to traditional heavy fuel oil:

  • Up to 25% less CO2 emissions,
  • 99% less Sulphur emissions,
  • 99% less fine particles emissions,
  • 85% less nitrogen oxide emissions.

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Source: Maritime

 

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