- CMA CGM subsidiary Containerships has taken delivery of a new LNG-powered vessel from China’s Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard.
- The Handysize vessel has been named Containerships Borealis. It has a length of 170 metres, a beam of 27 metres, and capacity for 1,400 TEUs.
- The newbuild is the fifth LNG-powered vessel to join the Containerships fleet. It is optimised for operation in the Baltic Sea and Northern European waters.
Containerships, an Intra-European carrier and a subsidiary of the CMA CGM Group, recently took delivery of its fifth new containership powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Containerships Borealis, reports Offshore Energy.
First commercial vessel
Built at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China, the 1,400 TEU short-sea vessel is the first of two units to enter commercial operations in Europe in 2021, according to CMA CGM.
The newbuild will join its sister ships Containerships Aurora, Containerships Nord, Containerships Polar and Containerships Arctic.
Named after the stars that guide #seafarers in the open sea, the #CONTAINERSHIPS Borealis, latest #LNG-powered vessel to join our fleet, will undoubtedly lead the way in maritime transport’s energy transition! >https://t.co/hf6cCzYC0t#LNG #Vessels #Sustainability #Maritime pic.twitter.com/PSQY91wNUo
— CMA CGM Group (@cmacgm) February 5, 2021
Ice-class notation vessels
Containerships already uses four such LNG-powered vessels for operations in the Baltic Sea.
The last vessel of the series, Containerships Stellar, should join the fleet at the beginning of June, CMA CGM said. All of the feeder ships are 170 meters long featuring 1A ice-class notation.
CMA CGM is currently the world’s largest operator and promoter of LNG-powered container vessels.
The shipping group aims to have in total 26 LNG-powered vessels in its fleet by 2022 as it looks to comply with the new IMO standards and slash emissions.
These include the nine world’s largest LNG-powered vessels and the chartered Eastern Pacific Shipping’s containerships, as well as these smaller ships.
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Source: Offshore Energy