Malta Freeport Terminals has welcomed the first ever LNG-powered container ship to visit Malta during the vessel’s maiden voyage from Asia to Rotterdam.
The mv Containerships Polar, operated by a subsidiary of leading shipping line CMA CGM and the second in a series of four LNG-fuelled vessels put into service by the company, discharged over 560 containers during its call to Malta.
The use of LNG is fast gaining attention as it will reduce sulphur oxide emissions by 90 to 95 per cent as well as reduce costs, a spokesperson said in a press release.
Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, whose portfolio includes the Freeport Authority, visited the ship to mark this event.
Malta Freeport Terminals CEO Alex Montebello said: “Malta Freeport is fully committed to the environment and supports initiatives by CMA CGM, one of our shareholders, to reduce the carbon footprint of its vessels.
“The Group has been a pioneer in environmental protection. It is taking delivery of 20 vessels powered by LNG and nine of these will be among the largest afloat carrying 22,000 TEU containers.”