Containerships Pulls Off First LNG Bunkering at Rotterdam

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  • CMA CGM Group subsidiary Containerships has performed its first LNG bunkering simultaneously with loading and unloading operations.
  • The operation was carried out in the Port of Rotterdam and conducted on Containerships Nord. 
  • Containerships anticipates conducting the operation on sister ship Containerships Polar in the future, enabling a reliable and fast connection, between Northern Europe and the Baltics, for the customers. 
  • Two more sister ships Containerships Arctic and Containerships Aurora are expected to be delivered this year. 

The Maritime Executive reports that CMA CGM Group subsidiary Containerships has performed its first LNG bunkering simultaneously with loading and unloading operations.

LNG Bunkering on Containerships Nord

The operation was conducted on Containerships Nord in the Port of Rotterdam. 

The vessel received approximately 200 tons of LNG from bunker supplier Shell, making it the first container carrier to perform such an operation in Europe using ship-to-ship bunkering.

Future bunkering of Containerships Polar

Containerships anticipates conducting the operation on sister ship Containerships Polar in the future. 

Vessel’s anchoring in port will reduce significantly, says the company. This will further reduce transit times and offering CMA CGM Group customers a reliable and fast connection between Northern Europe and the Baltics.

Containerships Polar on BALT 2 service

Containerships Polar was delivered from Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China in June. 

The vessel currently operates alongside Containerships Nord on the redesigned BALT 2 service. Seven major European ports are served with transit times of three to five days.

Containerships Arctic and Containerships Aurora

Two more sister ships are expected to be delivered this year: Containerships Arctic and Containerships Aurora.

CMA CGM

CMA CGM happens to be a pioneer in the use of LNG to power container ships. It is all set to take delivery of 20 LNG-powered vessels by 2022, including nine 22,000-TEU ships which are scheduled to be delivered from 2020.

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Source: The Maritime Executive

 

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