Finland-based full-service logistics company Containerships has signed a preliminary agreement for its fifth and sixth liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered vessels, it says.
The company christened its third and fourth LNG-powered vessels, namely M/S Containerships Finn and M/S Containerships Balt, at the Wenchong Shipyard in China last week.
The building of container vessels implemented with LNG technology requires high levels of expertise in a relatively new field of marine fuel solutions, it said.
The global lack of previous experience makes the project challenging, and Containerships has had to adjust the vessel delivery schedule during the shipbuilding phase.
According to the current delivery schedule, the first two LNG-powered vessels will be delivered to Containerships during 2018 and the last two between January to March 2019; the first vessel, M/S Containerships Nord, is scheduled to start her last sea trials during October 2018.
“Even though we have been forced to reschedule the delivery of the LNG vessels by some months, I am happy to say that no major issues, that would have put the whole project at risk, have appeared,” states CEO Kari-Pekka Laaksonen.
“M/S Containerships Nord, our first newbuild, successfully completed the first part of her sea trials in July.
“Five years ago, we committed to the largest investment in Containerships’ history and started to build Europe’s first LNG-based supply chain basically from zero.
“Obviously, as the first logistics company to do this, it has not been easy, but I still believe it is the way to go. The environment needs new solutions, and both the public authorities and our customers demand more ecological transport options.”
Photo credit: Containerships
Published: 11 October, 2018
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