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CMA CGM Group and Shell complete first bio-LNG bunkering trial at Rotterdam port

02 Dec 2021

Shipping and logistics provider CMA CGM Group together with Shell on Wednesday (1 December) said they have performed the first bio liquefied natural gas (Bio-LNG) bunkering trial in Rotterdam.

The Containerships Aurora, a 1,400 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) LNG-powered vessel, was bunkered by Shell with a nearly 10% blend of low carbon Bio-LNG; the vessel received around 483 m3 (219 tonnes) of LNG, 44 m3 (20 tonnes) of which were Bio-LNG.

Bunkering trial was performed successfully via ship to ship (STS) transfer by the barge LNG LONDON at the Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals while the Containerships Aurora was going through its cargo operations.

Bio-LNG is derived from agricultural and industrial food waste products. Bunkering trial results will demonstrate scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of Bio-LNG in the maritime sector.

CMA CGM Group’s dual-fuelled gas vessels operating with LNG and biomethane have the technical capability of using e-methane (instead of LNG), a source of carbon-neutral fuel. 

The group’s e-methane ready fleet consists of 20 vessels already in service and is expected to operate a total of 44 vessels by the end of 2024.


Photo credit: MarineTraffic / RIA MAAT
Published: 2 December, 2021

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