CMA CGM introduces Containerships Arctic


Containerships, a CMA CGM subsidiary, has announced the receipt of its fourth containership powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Containerships Arctic.

After the successful introduction of its three sister ships, the CMA CGM Group took delivery of the 1,380-TEU Containerships Arctic on 10 December 10th.

Once it has its way from Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard to Europe the vessel’s first LNG bunkering will be carried out in Rotterdam. There, it will fuel an approximate of 200 metric tons of liquefied natural gas via ship-to-ship bunkering.

The ship will then be phased into CMA CGM’s Baltic feeder services, before joining Containerships’ BALT-1 short-sea line in early 2021.

The vessels overall length is 170m, width 29.6m and draft 9.6m. Propulsion is a Dual-Fuel LNG (10080 kW).

CMA CGM Group has reduced its CO2 emissions per container transported by 50% between 2005 and 2015 and has set a new reduction target of an additional 30% by 2025.

As part of this effort CMA CGM has carried out several initiatives including the commitment to the use of LNG for large capacity vessels. LNG reduces sulphur oxide and fine particulate emissions by 99%, nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 85% and CO2 emissions by around 20%. By the end of 2022, the CMA CGM Group will have around 20 LNG-powered vessels.

Other efforts include the decision for none of the groups vessels to use the Northern Sea Routes; the partnership with IKEA to test a latest-generation biofuel; the development of numerous eco-technologies including optimization of bow shapes; and the creation of a Fleet Center.

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