Malta Freeport welcomed the first ever LNG-powered container ship to visit Malta during the course of the vessel’s maiden voyage from Asia to Rotterdam. Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, whose portfolio includes the Freeport Authority visited this ship to mark this special event. The MV Containerships Polar, is operated by a subsidiary of leading shipping line CMA CGM, it is the second in a series of four LNG-fuelled vessels put into service by CMA CGM.
The use of LNG is fast gaining attention as it will reduce sulphur oxide emissions by 90 to 95 per cent as well as reduce costs.
Dr Mizzi said: “Ever since I was entrusted to take under my responsibility the Malta Freeport, together with the entities and stakeholders involved, we created several initiatives to improve our environment and the standard of living of the people of Birzebbugia. By attracting to our country container vessels of this type, we are moving a step ahead towards cleaner seas and a better environment. This complements other initiatives such as the regeneration of the promenade, afforestation in the Benghajsa area, the recreational park and multi-storey carpark on which works will start shortly, sound-friendly cranes, a double glazing scheme, and several opportunities that we will be proposing and implementing in the best interests of the people living in the vicinities.”