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Rotterdam eyes increase in LNG bunkers with CMA CGM’s mega boxship calls

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CMA CGM’s 23,000-teu, LNG-powered boxship CMA CGM Jacques Saade will call at Rotterdam port for the first time on Wednesday, with the Dutch port looking to significantly increase its LNG bunker demand going forward.

The CMA CGM Jacques Saade will make its first call in Rotterdam at the RWG terminal. The ship is one of nine ULCVs ordered by CMA CGM at China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding.

By 2022, the French carrier plans to have a fleet no fewer than 20 LNG-powered ships in service, including nine 23,000 teu units, five 15,000 teu units and six 14,000 teu units.

“We feel honoured that every year, these nine (23,000 teu) new ships will be bunkering some 300,000 cu m of LNG in Rotterdam. This is also good news for LNG throughout and storage activities in our port,” said Allard Castelein, ceo of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

“Like the port authority, CMA CGM supports the transition from heavy fuel oil to LNG as a transport fuel for shipping. At present, LNG is the cleanest fuel that can be considered scalable and affordable for this ship category. Moreover, the introduction of these new LNG-powered vessels supports the port authority’s ambition to serve as a key hub in the import, export, storage and bunkering of LNG,” Castelein added.

The CMA CGM Jacques Saade had made its maiden call at the UK port of Southampton on 5 November, having sailed from Singapore with a load of 20,723 teu.

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