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Double milestone celebrated at Fincantieri shipyard for MSC LNG-fuelled cruise ships

Occasion was celebrated at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard with float out and steel cutting of two new units from the new luxury cruise brand launched by MSC Group.




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Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri on Wednesday (6 September) said a double milestone was celebrated at Fincantieri's Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard with the float out and steel cutting of the two new LNG-fuelled cruise ships from Explora Journey, new luxury cruise brand launched by the MSC Group.

After two months after the delivery of Explora I, which took place in Monfalcone on July 20, a double ceremony  was held for the float out of Explora II and the steel cutting of Explora III.

The two ships represent the second and third vessels out of a total of as many as four ordered by the MSC Group from Fincantieri. 

The total investment for the four ships is about EUR 2.3 billion and is capable of generating a spillover effect on the Italian economy of more than EUR 10 billion along with an extremely high employment impact, as the construction of each individual ship requires more than 7 million man-hours of work and the average employment of 2,500 people for more than two years.

Michael Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys, said: “Today's double ceremony represents an important step forward in building and strengthening our brand, which is redefining the standards of luxury ocean travel thanks to the unparalleled experience that Explora Journeys’ ships are able to offer our guests. These ships, that are also at the forefront from an environmental point of view, are among the best ambassadors of Made in Italy in the world and bear witness to both Italy's high manufacturing and shipbuilding capacity, and to the MSC Group's commitment to a country in which we continue to believe and invest very significant resources”.

Pierroberto Folgiero, Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri, said: “Today's double ceremony fully expresses Fincantieri's great productive commitment to the realisation for the MSC Group of the Explora class, a project that guarantees the highest quality standards and was conceived from the beginning to accelerate the path toward the zero-emission ship”.

After being launched into the water today with the technical launch, Explora II will be completed in the coming months and delivered in the summer of the next year, spending her first seasons in the Mediterranean discovering the most striking locations in the Mare Nostrum, including some enchanting Italian destinations such as Portofino, the Argentario, Rome, Naples, Sorrento, Palermo, Syracuse, Trapani, Lipari, Cagliari, Alghero and the Costa Smeralda. Explora I, which is successfully concluding its inaugural season in Europe and during the winter season will sail between the Caribbean and the East and West Coasts of the United States, will also return to the Mediterranean in the summer of 2024 to take its guests to discover destinations such as Puglia, Sicily and Venice.

Explora III, whose construction began with a traditional steel cutting ceremony, will enter service in the summer of 2026 and will be the first ship in the Explora fleet to be powered by LNG. 

In January 2024, construction will begin on EXPLORA IV, also powered by LNG, which will be completed in early 2027.

Photo credit: Fincantieri 
Published: 13 September, 2023

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.






Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker


Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.






Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.


Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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CMA CGM welcomes second 7,000 CEU LNG dual-fuel RoRo vessel

‘Equipped with LNG and battery hybrid technology, she sets a new standard in reducing emissions, offering a greener pathway for the booming electric vehicle market, says firm.





CMA CGM Monaco

French shipping giant CMA CGM on Monday (26 February) welcomed its second in a series of 7,000 CEU RoRo vessels, CMA CGM Monaco, to its fleet. 

“As the second in a series of 7,000 CEU RORO vessels, the CMA CGM Monaco's maiden call at Yantai heralds a significant leap in automotive transport between Asia and Europe,” the firm said in a social media post.

“Equipped with LNG and battery hybrid technology, she sets a new standard in reducing emissions, offering a greener pathway for the booming electric vehicle market.”

 “With 12 decks and capacity for 7,000 vehicles, the CMA CGM Monaco is at the forefront of enhancing China-Europe trade exchanges.”

 A week ago, CMA CGM announced the successful maiden voyage for CMA CGM Indianapolis, the first of four identical RoRo ships, in Northern Europe. 

“Launched just last December, her first stop at Bremerhaven wasn’t just for unloading; it also marked her LNG bunkering, a testament to our commitment to sustainable shipping,” it said in a separate social media post. 

Last week, Nordic liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supplier Gasum also said CMA CGM Indianapolis just had its first bunkering in Bremerhaven.

Related: CMA CGM receives first ship in series of 10 LNG-fuelled container ships


Photo credit: CMA CGM
Published: 29 February, 2024

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