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Containerships achieves first SIMOPS LNG bunkering in Europe

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On 4 July 2019, Containerships successfully carried out its first simultaneous operations (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 (STS) bunkering.

SIMOPS bunkering allows for the simultaneous bunkering of LNG and execution of loading and unloading procedures.

To ensure a fluent and safe STS 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 t of LNG.

This unprecedented achievement paves the way for this procedure to be performed on other LNG-powered vessels, including the recently delivered Containerships Polar, the sister vessel 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.

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