Collaboration brings LNG trucks to Rotterdam

New fleet member at Rotterdam On land, LNG offers a reduction of 25 % in CO2 emissions. Credit: Containerships

Containerships has signed a collaboration agreement with Don Trucking which guarantees 15 new LNG-fuelled trucks for Containerships’ land operations in the Port of Rotterdam.

The agreement between Finland-headquartered Containerships, part of CMA CGM Group, and the Dutch trucking company aims to increase the amount of LNG in the region.

“This capacity increase is an important step in our strategy to use LNG as main fuel source throughout the supply chain,” said Janne Ritakoski, Containerships’ head of land operations. “Port of Rotterdam is our main hub to and from the mainland Europe. This makes the added LNG-fuelled truck capacity even more significant.”

Growing investment

So far, Containerships’ investments to LNG-based technology sum up to MEUR200 and include four newbuild LNG-powered container vessels and a growing fleet of LNG-fuelled trucks. In addition, Containerships opened its own LNG-refuelling station in the UK last year.

Containerships said it is not limited to reducing vessel emissions, pointing out that on land, compared to Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDV), LNG offers a reduction of 25% in CO2 emissions, fulfilling the latest proposed EU legislation of 20% CO2 emission reduction from trucks by 2025.

It added that its customers with set emission reduction targets can directly benefit and consequently contribute in more sustainable way of doing business.

“We strongly believe that LNG’s breakthrough is close, but the infrastructure is still premature. Our ability to use LNG on land operations depends highly on the refuelling infrastructure of the region,” Mr Ritakoski explained.

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