Containerships takes delivery of LNG-powered vessel

Three sister ships are slated to join the fleet in the first half of 2019.

Containerships takes delivery of LNG-powered vessel

Three sister ships are slated to join the fleet in the first half of 2019.

Containerships takes delivery of LNG-powered vessel

Three sister ships are slated to join the fleet in the first half of 2019.

 
   Containerships has taken delivery of its first LNG-powered container vessel, M/S Containerships Nord.
   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.
   “This project has required high levels of expertise and constant development,” Laaksonen said.

   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.
There have been record-high levels of imports over the past several months, primarily due to raised inventories ahead of expected tariff increases. But we are projecting declining volumes in the coming months and an overall weakness in imports for the first half of the year.
CMA CGM has begun purchasing slots on the Evergreen Line/Emirates/CMA CGM/KMTC/COSCO - AGI. The AGI also has added the vessel Beijing Bridge, which increased the vessel count from five to six and increased the total capacity by 4,378 TEUs or 21 percent.
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