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Kochi Port welcomes LNG carrier ‘MSC ROSE’

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KOCHI : Kochi Port marked a significant milestone in its green initiatives with the docking of the LNG-powered container carrier, MSC ROSE. This 365-meter-long vessel, capable of carrying 15,500 TEUs, is the first LNG-powered ship to berth at the Vallarpadom Container Terminal. LNG, or Liquefied Natural Gas, offers a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional diesel fuel, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

MSC ROSE’s arrival signifies a major step towards sustainable shipping practices. LNG engines produce significantly lower carbon dioxide, sulphur oxides, and nitrogen oxides compared to conventional marine fuels, making this shift critical in combating climate change and reducing the maritime industry’s carbon footprint. This eco-friendly transition aligns with global efforts to achieve net-zero emissions and demonstrates India’s commitment to cleaner energy solutions.

The event at Kochi Port highlights India’s strategic role in global trade and its dedication to adopting greener technologies. The Vallarpadom Container Terminal, operated by DP World, is now positioned to accommodate more such eco-friendly vessels, enhancing its competitive edge and sustainability credentials. This development not only benefits the environment but also boosts the port’s operational efficiency and attractiveness to global shipping lines seeking greener logistics solutions.

MSC’s decision to deploy LNG-powered ships reflects the industry’s broader trend towards sustainability, driven by stringent environmental regulations and increasing consumer demand for green practices. The successful docking of MSC ROSE at Kochi Port sets a precedent for other ports in India and beyond to upgrade their infrastructure and embrace sustainable shipping technologies.

Kochi Port’s achievement underscores the importance of innovation and collaboration in driving the maritime industry’s green transformation, paving the way for a more sustainable future in global trade.

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