/First simultaneous operations LNG bunkering in Europe

First simultaneous operations LNG bunkering in Europe

Containerships, a subsidiary of the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is pleased to announce it has performed its first simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) bunkering, which allows for the concomitant bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and execution of loading and unloading procedures. x

  • Accomplished in partnership with Shell and the Port of Rotterdam, Containerships and the CMA CGM Group reaffirm their leading role in the shipping industry’s energy transition
  • With SIMOPS bunkering, Containerships improves its operational efficiency
  • A real technological breakthrough, LNG yields significant environmental benefits

Improving Containerships’ operational efficiency and the Group’s role in the energy transition of the shipping industry

On July 4th, 2019, Containerships successfully carried out SIMOPS bunkering on its LNG-powered CONTAINERSHIPS NORD vessel in the Port of Rotterdam. The vessel thus became the first container carrier performing SIMOPS in Europe by means of “ship-to-ship” bunkering.

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To ensure a fluent and safe ship-to-ship bunkering, Containerships worked closely together with Shell, its bunker supplier, with the Port of Rotterdam and with the RST Terminal. The vessel received approximately 200 tons of LNG.

This achievement paves the way for this procedure to be performed on other LNG-powered vessels, including the recently delivered CONTAINERSHIPS POLAR, the sister ship of the CONTAINERSHIPS NORD.

Thanks to SIMOPS, the ship’s stay in the port can be reduced significantly and operational delays avoided. Therefore, transit times can be reduced, offering CMA CGM Group customers a highly reliable and fast connection between Northern Europe and the Baltics.

With LNG, the CMA CGM Group reaffirms its commitment to the protection of the environment
With LNG, Containerships as part of the CMA CGM Group reinforces its commitment to the protection of the environment and the energy transition of the maritime industry.

The use of this fuel indeed represents a real technological breakthrough which yields significant benefits compared to traditional heavy fuel oil:

  • Up to 25% less CO2 emissions,
  • 99% less Sulphur emissions,
  • 99% less fine particles emissions,
  • 85% less nitrogen oxide emissions

A pioneer in the use of LNG to power container ships, CMA CGM is set to take delivery of 20 LNG-powered vessels by 2022, including nine 22,000-TEU ships which are scheduled to be delivered from 2020.

About Containerships

Containerships is a full-service logistics company providing safe, reliable and sustainable door-to-door multimodal transportation. 
Headquartered in Hamburg, the extensive European network reaches from Russia to North Africa providing customers with comprehensive coverage in the region. 
With a total of 32 vessels and 700 trucks operating on 34 sea, rail and river services and
1200 specialists in more than 30 countries, Containerships ensures an efficient and functional supply chain.
Containerships focuses on sustainability and innovation at every stage of the supply chain and is the first European operator to use LNG as the main fuel source throughout the end-to-end service including sea and land. 
Being part of the CMA CGM Group enables growth and supports functions, operations and sustainability goals.