Containerships introduces its second LNG-powered ship CONTAINERSHIPS POLAR and optimizes its Baltic service 

  • A pioneer in the use of LNG, the CMA CGM Group will operate 20 LNG-powered vessels by 2022
  • BALT 2 – a redesigned service for Northern Europe, the Baltics and Russia, covering major ports with highly competitive transit times
  • A fully eco-friendly multimodal supply chain for customers 

Containerships, an expert in Intra-Europe and a subsidiary of the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is pleased to announce it took delivery of its second container ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the CONTAINERSHIPS POLAR.

A new LNG ship joins the fleet: CONTAINERSHIPS POLAR

As the second LNG-powered ship for Containerships and the CMA CGM Group, the CONTAINERSHIPS POLAR will be phased into the redesigned BALT 2 service in the Port of Rotterdam on June 23rd, 2019. At the beginning of May, the 1,380-TEU vessel started its voyage from Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China to Northern Europe where it will operate alongside its sister ship CONTAINERSHIPS NORD.

With its dimensions and its high ice class, the CONTAINERSHIPS POLAR is suited for the navigational and climatic challenges of its operational area in Northern Europe and the Baltics. Moreover, the ship provides best-in-class container intake: with an exceptional high intake of 40ft and 45ft pallet-wide high cube containers, Containerships is underlining its customer-oriented approach.

At the end of June, the vessel’s first LNG bunkering will be carried out in Rotterdam where it will fuel an approximate of 200 metric tons of liquefied natural gas via ship-to-ship bunkering.

With its future sister ships CONTAINERSHIPS ARCTIC and CONTAINERSHIPS AURORA, two more LNG-powered vessels will join the fleet until the end of the year.


  • Capacity: 1,380 TEU / 360 Reefer Plugs
  • LOA, Width, Draft: 170m, 27m, 9m
  • Propulsion: Dual-Fuel LNG (10080 KW)
  • Ice Class: 1A
  • Shipyard: Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard

BALT 2 – a redesigned environmentally-friendly service covering Northern Europe

The CONTAINERSHIPS POLAR will be deployed in the redesigned weekly BALT 2 service which links Northern Europe with the Baltic states and Russia. A total of seven major European ports are served, including the Port of Rotterdam which acts as an important transshipment hub, but also as bunkering port for the LNG vessels. With transit times of only 3-5 days, the BALT 2 service offers a fast and highly reliable connection between Northern Continent and the Baltics.

Moreover, customers of Containerships can profit from excellent transshipment and sustainable multimodal on-carriage solutions in the respective ports for further distribution of their goods.

Port rotation:

Teesport – Zeebrugge – Rotterdam – Helsinki – St. Petersburg – Riga – Gdynia – Teesport 

Deployed Ships:


About Containerships

Containerships is a full-service logistics company providing safe, reliable and sustainable door-to-door multimodal transportation. Headquartered in Hamburg, the extensive European network reaches from Russia to North Africa providing customers with comprehensive coverage in the region. With a total of 12 vessels and 700 trucks operating on 34 sea, rail and river services and 1200 specialists in more than 30 countries, Containerships ensures an efficient and functional supply chain. Containerships focuses on sustainability and innovation at every stage of the supply chain and is the first European operator to use LNG as the main fuel source throughout the end-to-end service including sea and land.

Being part of the CMA CGM Group enables growth and supports functions, operations and sustainability goals.

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