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Containerships Takes Delivery of Its 1st LNG-Powered Newbuild

Finland-based company Containerships, recently acquired by French CMA CGM, adds to its fleet its first LNG-powered container vessel, M/S Containerships Nord, at Wenchong Shipyard, China.

This is the first of a total of four LNG-fueled 1,400 TEU containerships, scheduled for delivery during the first half of 2019.

 “By taking this decision to build these vessels, we accepted the challenge of building with a new technology. It has been a rewarding project full of learning opportunities,” says Containerships’ CEO Kari-Pekka Laaksonen.

M/S Containerships Nord will start sailing towards Europe shortly, the company informed.

Until the delivery of Containerships’ first three LNG-powered vessels, CMA CGM has sublet M/S Containerships Nord for its trade lanes.

“CMA CGM is the first deep sea shipping line that has made public its commitment to LNG. There is a great synergy in our environmentally-friendly visions, which naturally gives us even more courage to continue on the chosen path,” says Kari-Pekka Laaksonen.

In summer this year, the company signed a preliminary agreement for the fifth and sixth LNG-fueled boxhips with the shipbuilder. However, further details on the deal have not been disclosed.

In addition to LNG-powered vessels, the company is also looking into growth opportunities of LNG-fueled transport capacity on land logistics by investing in LNG-fueled trucks.

 

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