French container shipping major CMA CGM revealed plans to use Rotterdam as a primary LNG bunkering port once it takes delivery of its new ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) by 2020.

“The entire plan has been structured in such a way that the bunkers for the ships will be taken in Rotterdam,” Rodolphe Saade, CMA CGM CEO, was cited by Platts as saying.

As CMA CGM announced last year, its nine 22,000 TEU vessels will be equipped with engines using LNG.

The boxships will be LNG-powered, where a few percent of marine gas oil will only be used for the ignition in the combustion chamber. The use of LNG would yield significant benefits compared to heavy fuel oil. Namely, the move would lead to up to 25% less CO2 emissions, 99% less sulphur emissions, 99% less fine particles and 85% less nitrogen oxides emissions, according to CMA CGM.

The ships, worth USD 1.2 billion, are on order at Chinese shipyards Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS).

World Maritime News Staff

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