CMA CGM subsidiary Containerships has received its first LNG-fuelled vessel, named M/S Containerships Nord, at Wenchong Shipyard in China.

The vessel has started its journey from China to Europe to serve the European port and trade.

Containerships Nord is the first of four new LNG-powered vessels to be operated by the company. Delivery of the remaining vessels is scheduled to take place in the first half of next year.

The four vessels have a 1,400 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) capacity.

Construction of Containerships Nord and its sister vessels is based on a decision taken by Containerships in 2013 on the addition of environmentally friendly LNG-powered vessels into its fleet.

Containerships CEO Kari-Pekka Laaksonen said: “By taking this decision, we accepted the challenge of building with a new technology. It has been a rewarding project full of learning opportunities.

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“This project has required high levels of expertise and constant development. Success requires excellent co-operation between the involved parties.”

“Containerships’ LNG-concept revolves around sea to land and aims to establish a complete, LNG-based door-to-door supply chain across Europe.”

Containerships’ LNG-concept revolves around sea to land and aims to establish a complete, LNG-based door-to-door supply chain across Europe.

The company also intends to expand the capacity of LNG-powered transport on land logistics by investing in LNG-fuelled trucks.

Until the delivery of the three additional LNG-powered ships, Containerships’ parent company CMA CGM will sublet Containerships Nord for its trade lanes.

According to Containerships, use of LNG across the logistics supply chain saves up to 25% on contribution to global warming compared to traditional multimodal transportation.