Inspenet, April 30, 2023
Puerto Cortés in Honduras has received the world’s first container ship converted from conventional diesel to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) propulsion, named Seaboard Blue. The Vessel operated on conventional diesel until it was refitted in 2017 to run on LNG.
The vessel, operated by Seaboard Marine , has a capacity of 1,000 TEU and a total length of 151.72 meters, and can run on biofuel and liquefied natural gas, which significantly reduces emissions of polluting gases in cargo transportation.
Seaboard Blue: the boat that significantly reduces polluting gas emissions
The arrival of the Seaboard Blue is an important milestone in the cargo transportation industry in the region, since the use of gas allows greater efficiency and sustainability in the transport of goods. The new vessel is expected to make regular rotations to Puerto Cortés, which will further strengthen the shipping company’s services in the region.
Puerto Cortés has been grabbing headlines since the beginning of this year with investments in infrastructure, technology and equipment, aimed at optimizing traffic flow and improving efficiency in the maritime terminals of the Central American country. In January 2023, the terminal announced the acquisition of two new Konecranes model 4532 TCE 5 Reach Stackers (RS) for a value of US$1.13 million, adding to the 18 similar units that the terminal already has.
The arrival of the Seaboard Blue was celebrated by executives from Seaboard Honduras, agents from Seaboard Marine and representatives from the Central American Port Operator, who highlighted the importance of sustainable business practices. The general manager of Seaboard Honduras, Daisy Pastor, affirmed that the fact is a key step towards more sustainable commercial relations, in line with the evolution of the cargo transportation industry and the supply chain.
Seaboard Marine is a leading shipping company
Seaboard Marine, founded in 1983, is a subsidiary of Seaboard Corporation and a leading shipping company offering direct and scheduled services between North America, the Caribbean Basin, Central and South America, with nearly 25 vessels serving in almost 40 ports. The company is committed to continually seeking opportunities to improve conditions while reducing its carbon footprint and always committing to positive business practices.
Source and photos : https://www.mundomaritimo.cl/noticias/puerto-cortes-recibe-primer-portacontenedores-propulsado-por-gnl
Cover photo: © Marcus Ships
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