CMA CGM Paraty is the second biofuel-powered container ship to call at Paranaguá

TCP, the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal, received the mooring of the CMA CGM Paraty container ship on the morning of Wednesday, May 29. Launched in 2024, the ship from French shipowner CMA CGM is 336 meters long, 51 meters wide and has the capacity to carry 13,200 TEUs (equivalent to 20 feet of container length) or 145.6 thousand tons. As a reference, the Eiffel Tower is 330 meters high, 6 meters less than the total length of the vessel.

In addition to its large size, the container ship draws attention because of its green color and the windshield, a structure that extends above the bow, improving aerodynamics and increasing the ship’s energy efficiency.

The highlight of the CMA CGM Paraty is its more sustainable navigation: the container ship is powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and has an exhaust gas recirculation system (ICER), a technology that reduces total greenhouse gas emissions by 28%.

For TCP’s commercial manager for shipowners, Carolina Merkle Brown: “The docking of CMA CGM’s second LNG-powered ship strengthens the terminal’s mission to promote increasingly sustainable port logistics operations, highlighting our commitment to innovation and efficiency in the sector, and contributes to reducing environmental impact and emissions of polluting gases. The use of LNG as fuel is an important initiative in mitigating climate change and reflects our commitment to the transition to greener practices in the maritime industry, in line with sustainability objectives and global standards of environmental responsibility.”

In January of this year, the terminal welcomed the CMA CGM Bahia, the first LNG-powered container ship to dock in Paranaguá, which has the same length and width as the CMA CGM Paraty.

Terminal invests in electrical equipment to reduce emissions

Last year, TCP completed the conversion of two RTG cranes used in the terminal’s rail operations, promoting a 95% reduction in CO₂ emissions in the operation of each machine and reducing equipment maintenance costs by 90%.

In the same year, the terminal acquired a new electric bus, model D9W 20.410, from the Chinese brand BYD, with capacity for 80 passengers. The vehicle, used to transport employees around the 480,000 square meter operations yard, has a regenerative braking system and guarantees zero pollutant emissions.

Vinicius Valginhak