CMA CGM-owned carrier Containerships has announced the delivery of its second container ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Containerships POLAR will join Containerships NORD, the first of the 20-strong LNG fleet to be delivered, as part of BALT 2, a redesigned service for Continental Europe, the Baltics and Russia.
According to a statement, this northern European route covers a number of major ports and offers highly competitive transit times, helping customers to develop an eco-friendly multimodal supply chain.
The vessel began its journey from Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China to the Port of Rotterdam at the beginning of May, and is scheduled to arrive on June 23.
With its dimensions and high ice class, POLAR is suited for the navigational challenges posed by its operational area in northern Europe and the Baltics.
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In addition to this, the ship is able to accommodate a high intake of 40-foot and 45-foot pallet-wide high cube containers, providing customers with a “best-in-class” service.
During its visit to Rotterdam, the vessel’s first LNG bunkering will be carried out; approximately 200 megatons of LNG will be transferred via ship-to-ship bunkering.
Two more LNG-powered ships, ARTIC and AURORA, will also join the fleet before the end of the year.