Containerships receives first LNG-powered box newbuilding
Finland-based full-service logistics company Containerships, a subsidiary of CMA CGM, on Wednesday received delivery of its first liquefied natural gas powered container vessel M/S Containerships Nord at Wenchong Shipyard in China.
M/S Containerships Nord starts sailing towards Europe soon after her delivery. Her sister vessels, three more in total, are scheduled for delivery during the first half on 2019. All vessels hold a capacity of 1,400 TEU.
“By taking this decision, we accepted the challenge of building with a new technology. It has been a rewarding project full of learning opportunities”, says Containerships’ CEO Kari-Pekka Laaksonen.
“This project has required high levels of expertise and constant development. Success requires excellent co-operation between the involved parties. Needless to describe how proud and enthusiastic we are of having received the first vessel.”
Containerships’ parent company CMA CGM has sublet M/S Containerships Nord for its trade lanes.
“CMA CGM is the first deep sea shipping line that has made public its commitment to LNG. There is a great synergy in our environmentally-friendly visions, which naturally gives us even more courage to continue on the chosen path”, says Kari-Pekka Laaksonen.
Containerships’ LNG-concept spreads out from sea to land; target is to create a complete, LNG based door-to-door supply chain in Europe.
In addition to LNG-powered vessels, the company looks for constant growth of LNG-fuelled transport capacity on land logistics by investing in LNG-fuelled trucks.
Related: Containerships plans fifth and sixth LNG-powered newbuildings
Photo credit: Containerships
Published: 14 December, 2018
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