International shipping group CMA CGM Group has confirmed its subsidiary Containerships, which it acquired in October, took delivery of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered boxship on 12 December.
The 1,400-TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) Containerships Nord is the first of an order for four LNG-powered container ships; the following vessels are scheduled to be delivered in the first half of 2019, it says.
The Containerships Nord will first join CMA CGM's NEW DUNKRUS service between Morocco and Northern Europe, before making its first LNG bunkering in Rotterdam; it will then join CMA CGM's French-Baltic Line before entering service on Containerships' Baltic loop upon delivery of the next two vessels.
“CMA CGM is fully committed to the protection of the environment and to the energy transition and is asserting its role as an industry leader in this regard,” it states.
“The Group announced in November 2017 a global innovation by deciding to power its nine future 22,000-TEU container ships with LNG.
“The use of LNG represents a real technological breakthrough that allows for 99% less sulphur and fine particles emissions, 85% less nitrogen oxide emissions and 25% less CO2 emissions compared to heavy fuel oil.”
Photo credit: CMA CGM
Published: 26 December, 2018
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