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LNG-powered box ships are yet to lure switch in industry to cleaner fuels

CMA CGM shortsea subsidiary Containerships has taken delivery of its fourth liquefied natural gas-powered vessel, the 1,380 TEU Containerships Arctic

LNG-powered box ships are yet to lure switch in industry to cleaner fuels

CMA CGM shortsea subsidiary Containerships has taken delivery of its fourth liquefied natural gas-powered vessel, the 1,380 TEU Containerships Arctic

20 December 2019 - 19:00

CMA CGM shortsea subsidiary Containerships has taken delivery of its fourth liquefied natural gas-powered vessel, the 1,380 TEU Containerships Arctic. The Finnish container line placed orders for the LNG ships before it was acquired by the French shipping giant in June 2018.

The vessel will bunker with 200 tonnes of LNG at Rotterdam and will be deployed on the carrier's Baltic service after a period covering for CMA CGM on its Baltic feeder service network, reported UK's The Loadstar.



The vessel joins its three sister ships, Containerships Aurora, Containerships Nord and Containerships Polar.



Other carriers have yet to follow CMA CGM's LNG-fuelled strategy, citing ongoing concerns over the infrastructure to support its bunkering.



Even for so-called LNG-ready ships, converting the vessels to run on the gas is a very expensive and time-consuming operation, as Hapag-Lloyd has found to its cost.



The German carrier inherited 17 LNG-ready mega ships from its merger with UASC but it has only decided to have one of these ships converted to LNG on 'a trial basis,' which is understood to have cost US$30 million.



Subsequently Mr Habben Jansen confirmed that there were no plans to retrofit any other UASC vessels.



Elsewhere, MSC, which plans to have about half of its fleet fitted with scrubbers in order to comply with IMO 2020, said LNG was 'not a viable option.'



At the Hansa Forum in Hamburg last month, MSC's executive vice president Bud Darr said the carrier would not be investing in LNG for any of its box ships owing to the limited amount of LNG bunkering facilities available at ports worldwide.


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