Containerships, an expert in Intra-Europe and a subsidiary of the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, has taken delivery of its second container ship powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the Containerships Polar.
As the second LNG-powered ship for Containerships and the CMA CGM Group, the Containerships Polar will be phased into the redesigned BALT 2 service in the Port of Rotterdam on June 23rd, 2019. At the beginning of May, the 1,380-TEU vessel started its voyage from Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China to Northern Europe where it will operate alongside its sister ship Containerships Nord.
With its dimensions and its high ice class, the Containerships Polar is suited for the navigational and climatic challenges of its operational area in Northern Europe and the Baltics.
At the end of June, the vessel’s first LNG bunkering will be carried out in Rotterdam where it will fuel an approximate of 200mt of liquefied natural gas via ship-to-ship bunkering.
With its future sister ships Containerships Arctic and Containerships Aurora, two more LNG-powered vessels will join the fleet at the end of the year.
At a glance – Containerships Polar
Capacity: 1,380 TEU / 360 Reefer Plugs
LOA, Width, Draft: 170m, 27m, 6.9m
Propulsion: Dual-Fuel LNG (10080 KW)
Ice Class: 1A
Shipyard: Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard
BALT 2 – a redesigned environmentally-friendly service covering Northern Europe
The Containerships Polar will be deployed in the redesigned weekly BALT 2 service which links Northern Continental Europe with the Baltic states and Russia. A total of seven major European ports are served, including the Port of Rotterdam which acts as an important transshipment hub, but also as bunkering port for the LNG vessels. With transit times of only 3-5 days, the BALT 2 service offers a fast and highly reliable connection between Northern Continent and the Baltics.
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