Total, CMA CGM in the first LNG bunkering operation for container ships in France - MarineLink

Par ediallo - 4 May, 2021 - 14:11

French energy group Total announced on Monday that it had completed the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation for a container ship in France.

The largest LNG bunkering vessel in service, Total's Gas Agility, completed the refueling of the world's largest LNG-powered container ship, the CMA CGM Jacques Saade, with approximately 16,400 m3 of LNG at the Port of Dunkirk on Friday evening.

This inaugural operation also marks the first loading by the Dunkirk LNG terminal of a small LNG carrier and the first LNG bunkering operation of the Flanders terminal with simultaneous cargo operations, Total said.

Above all, Total said the operation underlined the cooperation between all the partners in the "Green Loop" project consortium, which includes Total, the Dunkirk LNG terminal, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and CMA CGM.

Co-financed by the European Union under the European Interconnection Mechanism (EIM) - Transport sector, the overall objective of the project is to promote the decarbonization of maritime transport by deploying a larger-scale LNG bunkering solution in Northern Europe.

Total said that key investments, essential to enable the operation, have been made as part of the project to enhance the capacity of the Dunkirk LNG terminal to offer small-scale LNG services. Total Gas Agility loading LNG at the DKLNG terminal - © Dunkerque LNG

According to Total, by 2022, the Gas Agility's sistership, another new 18,600 m3 LNG bunker, will join Total's LNG bunkering fleet to serve the Mediterranean region. Simultaneously, Total will share the use of a third bunker vessel in Singapore.

"We are pleased to partner with Dunkerque LNG on this unprecedented transaction, and to demonstrate the agility of our LNG bunkering solutions to serve the Northwest European market," said Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, Vice President Marine Fuels at Total.

"It also reinforces our confidence in the role of LNG in the energy transition of maritime transport. We will continue to develop our LNG bunker supply network, to help our customers benefit from the confirmed greenhouse gas reduction of up to 23% and its significant air quality benefits.

"We are proud of this successful first operation. Our teams carried out the loading with a high level of safety as they always do," commented Olivier Heurtin, CEO of Dunkerque LNG.

"Thanks to a close collaboration with Total, this new chapter highlights the terminal's commitment to provide the infrastructure and services to unlock LNG as a low-emission alternative fuel for ships and heavy road transport."