Powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), CMA CGM Bahia handled more than 1,000 TEUs during its passage through Paranaguá.

On Thursday 25th, the company that manages the Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP) welcomed the container ship CMA CGM Bahia, the first biofuel ship to dock at the terminal. Powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the vessel from French shipowner CMA CGM is 336 meters long, 51 meters wide (beam), and has the capacity to carry 13,200 TEUs (20-foot container length). The operation at TCP handled approximately 1,380 TEUs.

Built in 2023, the CMA CGM Bahia is a milestone for the shipping industry, thanks to its technologies that ensure a more sustainable operation, such as the exhaust gas recirculation system (ICER), which reduces methane emissions and reduces total greenhouse gas emissions by more than 28%.

“The operation of a vessel like this at the terminal is in line with TCP’s objectives and those of the entire shipping industry to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, promoting greater energy efficiency in its maritime operations, as well as meeting an increasingly important demand for the market and for our customers,” said TCP’s commercial manager for shipowners, Carolina Brown.

The container ship set sail from TCP for Santos in the early hours of Friday 26th. The final destination of the CMA CGM Bahia route is the Asian continent.

Investment in electrification

In 2023, the Paranaguá Container Terminal acquired its first electric bus, used to transport its employees to their jobs in the terminal’s 480,000 square meter yard. The D9W model vehicle, made by the Chinese brand BYD, has capacity for 80 passengers, is totally silent, has a regenerative braking system and guarantees zero pollutant emissions.

In the same 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 piece of equipment and reducing equipment maintenance costs by 90%.

Isabelle Veloso Sousa