- As NWSA to Order Four More Container Cranes
French container carrier CMA CGM has improved the CO2 performance of its ships by 4% in 2016 as part of its plans to reduce carbon emissions.
The company said that the reduction is in line with its 2025 targets, by when CMA CGM intends to cut its CO2 emissions per transported container by 30%.
Between 2005 and 2015, the carrier improved its performance per transported container per kilometer by 50%.
The results were achieved through operational optimization of the fleet, technological innovations such as the bulbous bows that improve the ships’ hydrodynamics, the chartering of modern giant container ships equipped with new efficient technologies, and the company’s eco-container program, CMA CGM informed.
“Improved performance in the years ahead will come through the application of new technologies, including the use of alternative fuels such as liquefied natural gas thanks to partnerships with energy groups such as Total and Engie,” the company said.
In the meantime, the Northwest Seaport Alliance has approved a USD 52 million purchase of four more container cranes to join four others already on order for Husky Terminal in the South Harbor.
Additionally, the alliance approved of an additional investment of USD 2.9 million in Seattle and Tacoma terminal improvements at Terminal 18 in the North Harbor and the West Hylebos Log Yard and Pierce County Terminal in the South Harbor.
“As the alliance, we can invest holistically in our facilities to ensure they remain competitive in this fast-changing industry,” Dick Marzano, co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, said.
“These improvements will help us serve our customers better and continue to create the trade-related jobs so vital to our state,” Marzano added.
The new cranes, to be built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry (ZPMC) in China, will be capable of serving ultra-large container vessels with an outreach of 24 containers and a lift height of 165 feet above the pier deck.
Construction is underway at Husky Terminal to reconstruct Pier 4 to align it with Pier 3, creating a contiguous 2,960-foot berth. These improvements will allow two 18,000-TEU ships to dock at the same time.
The reconstructed berth will also include conduit for future shore power to allow ships to plug into electricity while at dock.
Construction and the first four cranes are estimated to be concluded in 2018, and the additional four cranes are scheduled to arrive in 2019.
World Maritime News