The vessel was delivered to Containerships at Wenchong Shipyard in China in mid-December. Three sister vessels are scheduled for delivery during the first half of 2019. Each vessel has a capacity of 1,400 TEUs.
Containerships said it made the decision to build LNG-powered vessels in 2013 and that the ships would be the first newbuilds based on this technology to regularly serve European ports and trade.
“By taking this decision, we accepted the challenge of building with a new technology,” said Containerships CEO Kari-Pekka Laaksonen.
Containerships’ parent company, CMA CGM, has sublet M/S Containerships Nord for its trade lanes.
“CMA CGM is the first deep sea shipping line that has made public its commitment to LNG. There is a great synergy in our environmentally friendly visions, which naturally gives us even more courage to continue on the chosen path,” Laaksonen said.
Containerships said its LNG concept spreads from sea to land. The goal is to create a complete LNG-based door-to-door supply chain in Europe. The company said in addition to LNG-powered vessels, it is investing in LNG-fueled trucks.