Apr 15

BEST welcomes CMA CGM Scandola, the first Liquefied Natural Gas vessel in the Port of Barcelona

On Tuesday 13 April 2021, Hutchison Ports BEST terminal has welcomed the first LNG-powered vessel from CMA CGM.

This is the first container ship using this alternative energy source to arrive at the Port of Barcelona.

CMA CGM Scandola belongs to the MEX 1 service, which links Asia to the Mediterranean. The vessel is 366 m long, 51 m wide and has a capacity of 14,800 TEUs. It was built in 2020 in response to the new IMO requirements for energy transition in the maritime industry.

Hutchison Ports BEST’s CEO, Guillermo Belcastro comments: “Today, maritime transport is relatively the most efficient and sustainable mode of freight transport. Shipping lines are already investing heavily in minimising the impact from an environmental point of view and, at BEST, we are aligned with the same objective and ready to receive such ships.”

BEST terminal is working together with the Port Authority of Barcelona on several initiatives that will improve the sustainability of the terminal, such as the Shore Power project. As such, BEST will be the first container terminal in Spain to have an electrified quayside. Vessels at berth will be able to connect to electric power while loading and unloading containers at the terminal, thus reducing the carbon footprint in the Port of Barcelona.

For this reason, and because of its operational design based mainly on electric power, BEST terminal is positioning itself as one of the most sustainable terminals in the Mediterranean.