Paranaguá Container Terminal receives an LNG-powered ship for the first time

Ship is the largest biofuel container ship operating in South America; the operation handled approximately 1.380 TEUs

26.01.2024 | 14:50 (UTC -3)
Andressa Viana
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The company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP), received this Thursday, the 25th, the container ship CMA CGM Bahia, the first biofuel ship to dock at the terminal. Powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the vessel from French shipowner CMA CGM is 336 meters long, 51 meters wide (beam), and has the capacity to transport 13.200 TEUs (measured for a 20-foot container length). The operation at TCP handled approximately 1.380 TEUs.

Built in 2023, the CMA CGM Bahia is a milestone for the naval industry, thanks to its technologies that guarantee a more sustainable operation, such as the exhaust gas recirculation system (ICER), which reduces methane emissions, and reducing total greenhouse gas emissions by more than 28%.

“The operation of a vessel like this at the terminal meets the objectives of TCP and the entire shipping industry of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, promoting greater energy efficiency in its maritime operations, in addition to meeting an increasingly important demand for the market and for our customers” stated TCP’s commercial shipowner manager, Carolina Brown.

The container ship left TCP heading for Santos in the early hours of this Friday, 26th. The final destination of the CMA CGM Bahia route is the Asian continent.

Investment in electrification

In 2023, the Paranaguá Container Terminal acquired its first electric bus, used to transport its employees to jobs within the terminal yard, which has an area of ​​480 thousand square meters. The D9W model vehicle, from the Chinese brand BYD, has capacity for 80 passengers, is completely silent, has a regenerative braking system and guarantees zero pollutant emissions.

In the same year, TCP completed the conversion of two RTG cranes used in the terminal's railway operations, promoting a 95% reduction in CO2 emissions in the operation of each piece of equipment and reducing the cost of maintaining the equipment by 90%.

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