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Containerships carries out first simultaneous LNG bunkering in Rotterdam

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Intra-Europe carrier Containerships has carried out its first simultaneous operations LNG bunkering on container vessel Containerships Nord in the port of Rotterdam, with the vessel becoming the first to perform such an operation in Europe by means of ship-to-ship bunkering.

The LNG-powered Containerships Nord received approximately 200 tonnes of LNG.

Containerships, subsidiary of CMA CGM, has worked closely with its bunker supplier Shell, the Port of Rotterdam and the RST Terminal to carry out the ship-to-ship bunkering operations.

Containerships said this “unprecedented achievement” has paved the way for this procedure to be performed on other LNG-powered vessels including the recently delivered Containerships Polar, the sister ship of Containerships Nord.

Thanks to the simultaneous operations, the ship’s stay in the port can be reduced significantly and operational delays avoided. Transit times can be reduced to offer CMA CGM customers a more reliable and faster connection between Northern Europe and the Baltics, according to Containerships.

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Containerships pointed out that the use of LNG compared to traditional heavy fuel oil can achieve up to 25% less CO2 emissions, 99% less sulphur emissions, 99% less fine particles emissions, and 85% less nitrogen oxide emissions.

CMA CGM is set to take delivery of 20 LNG-powered vessels by 2022, including nine 22,000-teu boxships scheduled to be delivered from 2020.

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