Finland-based short-sea boxship operator Containerships has taken delivery of its first LNG-fuelled ship the 1398teu Containerships Nord. The vessel, which is the first in a three-ship series was delivered to Containerships at Wenchong Shipyard, China this week. Her sister vessels are scheduled for delivery during the first half on 2019
The ship was ordered in 2014 and is powered by a WinGD 7X50DF engine although when ordered the two-stroke business that WinGd subsequently acquired was owned by Wärtsilä. Containerships was itself acquired earlier this year by French operator CMA CGM.
Containerships’ LNG-story started in 2013, when the decision to build the new environmentally-friendly LNG-powered vessels was taken. LNG is a relatively new fuel source, and these vessels would be the first newbuilds based on this technology to serve regularly European ports and trade. “By taking this decision, we accepted the challenge of building with a new technology. It has been a rewarding project full of learning opportunities”, said Containerships’ CEO Kari-Pekka Laaksonen.
After the delivery of Containerships’ first three LNG-powered vessels, the company will be able to offer its customers almost a full service based on LNG as it also operates a fleet of LNG-fuell trucks for inland operations. Until then, Containerships’ parent company, CMA CGM – also very committed to environmentally friendly LNG-technology – has sublet 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”, said Laaksonen.