Containerships, a subsidiary of the CMA CGM Group, on Thursday (4 July) performed the first simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) bunkering in Europe by means of “ship-to-ship” bunkering.
The bunkering operation saw the box vessel Containerships Nord being refuelled with liquefied natural gas (LNG) by Shell while undergoing loading and unloading procedures at the RST Terminal in Rotterdam port.
The vessel received approximately 200 metric tonnes (mt) of LNG.
“This unprecedented achievement paves the way for this procedure to be performed on other LNG-powered vessels, including the recently delivered Containerships Polar, the sister ship of the Containerships Nord,” it said.
“Thanks to SIMOPS, the ship’s stay in the port can be reduced significantly and operational delays avoided. Therefore, transit times can be reduced, offering CMA CGM Group customers a highly reliable and fast connection between Northern Europe and the Baltics.”
CMA CGM is set to take delivery of 20 LNG-powered vessels by 2022, including nine 22,000-TEU ships which are scheduled to be delivered from 2020.
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Photo credit: Containerships
Published: 8 July, 2019
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