France-based CMA CGM has taken delivery of its first LNG-fuelled vessel, 1,400-TEU Containership Nord.
Built at Wenchong Shipyard in China, the vessel is the first of four LNG-fuelled newbuilds ordered by CMA CGM subsidiary Containerships, all with the same capacity. The remaining three are due to be delivered in the first half of 2019.
Containership Nord, which will be sublet by CMA CGM for its trade lanes pending the completion of the LNG-fuelled fleet, arises from a decision by Containerships’ chief executive Kari-Pekka Laaksonen in 2013 to develop a sea-to-land strategy that will also involve LNG-fuelled trucks.
Containerships plans to invest in the trucks in a virtuous environmental circle. The company’s own calculations estimate that the use of LNG across the logistics supply chain will slash by 25% the current contribution to global warming compared to standard multi-modal transportation.
“The project has required high levels of expertise and constant development,” he said in a statement. “Success requires excellent co-operation between the involved parties.”
Since first pursuing a strategy of cleaner emissions more than 10 years ago, CMA CGM has steadily cut its vessels’ pollution levels. According to the group, its fleet achieved a 10% reduction in 2017 alone and it’s aiming for substantial further cuts by 2025.