Containerships, a CMA CGM group subsidiary, has performed its first simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) bunkering on its Nord vessel, which is powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), at the Port of Rotterdam.
The vessel is also the first container carrier to perform SIMOPS in Europe by means of ship-to-ship bunkering, receiving approximately 200 tonnes of LNG.
Through SIMOPS, which allows for the combatant bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and execution of loading and unloading procedures, Containerships aims to improve its operational efficiency.
SIMOPS helps to reduce the ship’s stay in the port significantly and avoid operational delays which could potentially reduce transit times.
To ensure a fluent and safe ship-to-ship bunkering, Containerships worked with Shell, its bunker supplier, the Port of Rotterdam and with the RST terminal.
Having achieved this for the first time, the company can now perform this procedure on other LNG-powered ships such as the Nord’s sister ship, the recently delivered Polar.
The use of LNG offers significant benefits compared to traditional heavy fuel oil such as up to 25% less CO2 emissions and by choosing to utilise it, CMA CGM has committed to help protect the environment.
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 by 2022.