PORT OF ROTTERDAM: January 2019. CMA CGM subsidiary Containerships has become the first company in Europe to complete successfully a ship-to-ship, LNG-fuelled bunker this month.
M/S Containerships Nord, with a capacity of 1,400 TEU, took on 240 tonnes of Marine LNG – an amount that enables the vessel to make two round trips between Rotterdam and St Petersburg via the Kiel canal.
Future fuelling will be carried out at a normal operational berth simultaneously with loading and discharging operations.
Tahir Faruqui, general manager Shell Global Downstream LNG said: “We are proud to supply Containerships with a cleaner burning and viable fuel for the shipping industry. LNG bunkering is a very safe operation and we look forward to conducting simultaneous operations with Containerships in the future”.
The vessel departed the Wenchong Shipyard, China in mid-December and reached European waters via the Suez Canal 18 days later. The three sister vessels will follow the same route after their delivery later this year. The vessels have an LNG-powered range of 14 days and they will be bunkered once per roundtrip during their regular service loop between Containerships’ core ports in the North and Baltic Seas.
The company says it aims to create a complete, LNG based door-to-door supply chain in Europe with investment in both LNG-fueled ships and trucks. Containerships’ parent company, CMA CGM, is also committed to LNG-technology and has sublet M/S Containerships Nord for its trade lanes. Collectively, the companies have 13 newbuilds powered by LNG on their order books to be delivered between 2018 and 2020. This includes CMA CGM’s nine 22,000-TEU vessels on order with China State Shipbuilding Corporation.
LNG emits zero sulfur oxides and virtually zero particulate matter. Compared to existing heavy marine fuel oils, LNG also emits 90 percent less nitrogen oxides. The company says best practice should see a 10-20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional fuels.