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Malta Freeport docks its first LNG-powered containership

The 1,400-TEU Containerships Polar, on its way from Asia to Rotterdam, was the first LNG (liquefied natural gas) solely-powered vessel to dock at Malta, where it discharged 560 containers

Malta Freeport docks its first LNG-powered containership

The 1,400-TEU Containerships Polar, on its way from Asia to Rotterdam, was the first LNG (liquefied natural gas) solely-powered vessel to dock at Malta, where it discharged 560 containers

13 June 2019 - 19:00

The 1,400-TEU Containerships Polar, on its way from Asia to Rotterdam, was the first LNG (liquefied natural gas) solely-powered vessel to dock at Malta, where it discharged 560 containers.

The vessel is operated by a subsidiary of French shipping giant CMA CGM and is the second in a series of four LNG-fuelled vessels put into service by the company, reports Malta Today.



The use of LNG is fast gaining attention as it will reduce sulphur oxide emissions by 90 to 95 per cent.



Malta Freeport Terminals CEO Alex Montebello said: 'The group has been a pioneer in environmental protection. It is taking delivery of 20 vessels powered by LNG and nine of these will be among the largest afloat carrying 22,000 TEU containers.'



Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, whose portfolio includes the Freeport Authority, visited the ship. Mizzi had also pioneered the introduction of LNG in the production of electricity in Malta.


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