Helsinki-based logistics company Containerships Ltd Oy has ordered two additional new, state-of-the-art, dual-fuel engine-technology container ships. The fast-growing Finnish end-to-end cargo operator announced earlier this year an order of two similar vessels. Containerships says it will be the first shortsea container operator in Europe to run ships on LNG.
“Our new ships will not just meet, but exceed all environmental standards in the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA)i where we operate. On top of this, with the gas mode, the engines are Tier III compliant with the upcoming IMO emission regulations for SECA areas also regarding NOx. In addition to the new ships we are also planning to invest in an LNG-powered truck fleet in Finland, Russia and the UK to offer the most sustainable logistics solution from door to door,” notes the CEO of Containerships, Kari-Pekka Laaksonen.
The additional two new ships will be delivered during 2017. Containerships will receive the already announced two dual-fuel vessels in 2016. All four ships will use liquefied natural gas (LNG) but will also be able to burn conventional marine diesel oil/heavy fuel.
Technical innovations include hull, propeller and rudder optimization and generators using dual-fuel technology allowing an eco-friendly way to generate electricity while staying at port.
“It is important to emphasise that in order to meet future regulations, most competitors on the market will use alternative solutions, such as marine gas oil with decreased sulphur content. These options do not require the same level of investment as the solution Containerships has chosen. Our strategy is to stay well ahead of the curve when it comes to environmental regulations, and to be a pioneer in eco-friendly shipping while continuing to offer customers the best value for money,” says Mr. Laaksonen.
The total value of Containerships’ investments for land and sea operations will be approximately 250–300 M euros (USD 320–380 M). The ships will be built in China and the main engines will be delivered by Wärtsilä.
(Source: Containerships Ltd Oy)