Containerships Ltd Oy will be chartering two ships over the long term, the owner and technical manager will be GNS Shipping/Nordic Hamburg, while Arkon Shipping will be the commercial manager and the charter broker. Containerships’ strategy is to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to environmental regulations, and to be a pioneer in eco-friendly shipping.
The ships, both of which will be delivered in the course of 2016, will use LNG but will also be able to burn conventional marine diesel oil/heavy fuel — hence the “dual-fuel engine technology” label. Containerships will thus be the first short-sea container operator in Europe to run ships on LNG. The new ships will offer the most efficient and environmentally friendly option for transporting containers by sea, and will not just meet but exceed environmental standards in the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA).
“We are a short-sea operator and these state-of-the art ships are just one part of our long-term strategy. In addition to offering the most ecologically sustainable solution, the intake capacity of these ships will allow us to keep meeting growing customer demand. And we’re confident that both of our partners on this project have the know-how and the experience to deliver,” said CEO of Containerships, Kari-Pekka Laaksonen
The new ships also include innovative features: they will offer the highest flexibility for 45-foot units among container ships operating in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Each ship will accommodate up to 639 units of 45-foot containers and have a total capacity of 1,400 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). They will also be able to accommodate up to 300 refrigerated containers.