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CMA CGM joins Jupiter 1000 project, first green hydrogen industrial demonstrator in France

Piloted by GRTgaz, Jupiter 1000 is aimed to produce green hydrogen from renewable electricity and e-methane, a synthetic gas, from hydrogen and CO2 captured.




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Gas transportation operator GRTgaz on Tuesday (10 May) said shipping and logistics player CMA CGM Group has become a partner of the Jupiter 1000 project located in Fos-sur-Mer, southern France.

First France industrial demonstrator Jupiter 1000, piloted by GRTgaz, aims to produce green hydrogen from renewable electricity and e-methane, a synthetic gas, from hydrogen and CO2 captured at the output of the industrial process.

By joining this project, CMA CGM intends to further accelerate the transition of its fleet to the use of new very low carbon bunker fuels, says the group. 

Jupiter 1000: a major challenge for the development of low-carbon solutions

With Jupiter 1000, GRTgaz wishes to provide answers to the challenges of the decarbonisation of gas networks and the intermittency of renewable energies. The principle consists of transforming a share of renewable electricity, when it is abundant, into low-carbon energy (hydrogen and e-methane) so that it can be stored on a large scale and over long periods.

After a phase of study, administrative authorisations and then construction, the first electrolyser (which makes it possible to produce hydrogen from water and renewable electricity) injected hydrogen into the transport network of gas from GRTgaz in February 2020. 

A second electrolyser, using a different technology from the previous one, was successfully commissioned in early November 2021.

Beyond the production of hydrogen, Jupiter 1000 also recycles CO2 by transforming it into syngas. Produced by the boiler of Asco Industries, a nearby steelworks, the CO2 is captured at the bottom of the chimney by equipment developed by Leroux&Lotz. 

A pipeline transports the CO2 to the Jupiter 1000 site. Instead of being released into the atmosphere, this CO2 will thus be recycled with hydrogen thanks to a “methane generator” installed by Khymod. The syngas thus produced can replace gas of fossil origin and be injected without restriction into all transport and distribution networks. 

The commissioning of the elements allowing the methanation of hydrogen is expected for June 2022.

 A key step in research into alternatives to hydrocarbons

By providing access to results on the production of green hydrogen, methanation and CO2 capture, Jupiter 1000 will enable CMA CGM to accelerate the development of the synthetic methane production sector, a key marine fuel for decarbonisation, of its activities.

Christine Cabau Woehrel, Central Executive Director of the CMA CGM Group, in charge of industrial assets and operations, said: “The Jupiter 1000 project represents a strong interest for the CMA CGM Group in the search for new very low carbon fuels.”

“The CMA CGM Group is resolutely committed, in view of its Net Zero Carbon objective in 2050, to the research and industrialization of innovative solutions in terms of non-fossil gases, in particular biomethane or synthetic methane.” 

“The Jupiter 1000 project will enable us to have one of the first demonstrators in this area, which is moreover in the port of Fos-sur-Mer, where we have just carried out our first LNG bunkers. We want to support the industrial sector that may result.”

Thierry Trouvé, Managing Director of GRTgaz said: “I am very happy that the consortium around Jupiter 1000 is enriched with new skills. The interest shown by a world leader in maritime transport and logistics, such as CMA CGM, constitutes a form of recognition of the credibility of renewable and low-carbon gas sectors in meeting the challenges of energy transition.”

“Holder of a vision of the energy future of maritime mobility, CMA CGM will help us to consolidate the industrial performance of the technological sectors currently being tested.”


Photo credit: GRTgaz
Published: 11 May, 2022

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Bunker Fuel

SMW 2024: Singapore is preparing port for multi-fuel future, says Transport Minister.

‘Our industry has brought in new bunker tankers capable of bunkering higher blends of biofuel and methanol, paving the way for greater emissions reduction for vessels,’ says Chee Hong Tat.





SMW 2024: Singapore is preparing port for a multi-fuel future, says Transport Minister.

Singapore has moved decisively to ensure energy and fuel resilience as international shipping looks to alternative fuels to meet global decarbonisation targets, said Singapore’s Minister for Transport Mr Chee Hong Tat on Monday (15 April).

In his speech at the Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2024 opening ceremony, he said Singapore is preparing its port for a multi-fuel future.

“Our industry has brought in new bunker tankers capable of bunkering higher blends of biofuel and methanol, paving the way for greater emissions reduction for vessels,” he said.

“MPA has also issued Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the alternative fuels ammonia and methanol over this past year.

“For our ammonia EOI, we have shortlisted six consortiums, and are studying their comprehensive proposals for the supply of ammonia for bunkering and power generation in Singapore.”

Chee added reliability and resilience also mean that Singapore upholds the highest standards for safety, efficiency, and quality. 

“Enterprise Singapore, through the Singapore Standards Council, has been working closely with industry partners to introduce national standards to support the digitalisation of bunkering supply chain documentation, as well as on methanol and ammonia bunkering.”

“As a major maritime and bunkering hub, Singapore is committed to continue serving as a trusted node for international shipping.”

Chee said this when elaborating on Singapore’s focus to grow the republic as a hub for reliable and resilient maritime operations, one of three important areas the republic will prioritise on growing its maritime sector. 

The other two areas are to grow Maritime Singapore as a hub for maritime innovation and as a hub for maritime talent development.

“Looking ahead, we expect some turbulence along the way, but we are confident that the global maritime industry will continue to grow,” Chee said.

“And Singapore as a hub port and International Maritime Centre can benefit from this growth and the opportunities it brings, including in emerging areas like digitalisation and decarbonisation.”

However, Chee warned Singapore shouldn’t take its success for granted and to continue improving productivity and competitiveness while staying relevant to changing requirements to be able to meet the needs of local and international stakeholders. 

“But we must not rest on our laurels, or make the mistake of thinking that these positive outcomes will happen on auto-pilot. A rising tide can indeed lift all boats, but the boat and its crew can only benefit if they are well-prepared when the water level rises,” he said.

Related: SMW2024: 18th Singapore Maritime Week opens with ‘Actions meet Ambition’ theme
Related: SMW 2024: MPA to set up facility for maritime workforce to train in handling new bunker fuels
Related: SMW 2024: Singapore-Rotterdam Green and Digital Shipping Corridor partners to implement first-mover pilot projects
RelatedSMW 2023: EOI for ammonia power generation and bunkering closing by 30 April
Related: Singapore gets its first dedicated methanol bunkering tanker “MT MAPLE”
Related: Singapore: Vitol Bunkers takes delivery of specialised biofuel bunker barge “Marine Future”


Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 16 April 2024

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Banle Energy arranges B24 bunkering services for “YM Utility” in Yantian

Transaction supports the first B24 biofuel supply in Shenzhen and Yang Ming’s inaugural B24 biofuel bunkering supply in China, says firm.





Banle Energy arranges B24 bunkering services for “YM Utility” in Yantian

Banle Energy International Limited, a subsidiary of CBL International Limited, on Monday (15 April) announced the arrangement of B24 biofuel bunkering services for Yang Ming's vessel YM Utility at a port in Yantian, Shenzhen on 14 April.

“By providing Yang Ming with our B24 biofuel bunkering services, this transaction supports the first B24 biofuel supply in Shenzhen and Yang Ming's inaugural B24 biofuel bunkering supply in China,” the firm in a social media post. 

“As a company actively promoting the use of biofuels, we are making a significant contribution to the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from international shipping.”

“The B24 biofuel blend, as indicated by a study, is projected to reduce approximately 20% of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions when compared with conventional fuel oil.”

As the firm focuses on expanding its operations in Europe, the firm added it will continue to forge strategic partnerships and explore new opportunities to provide efficient and reliable solutions.


Photo credit: Banle Energy International Limited
Published: 16 April 2024

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Singapore bunker tanker to be equipped with MAN ES DF gensets

MAN Energy Solutions received an order for three MAN 6L21/31DF-M (Dual Fuel-Methanol) GenSets capable of running on methanol for a 7,990 dwt IMO Type II chemical bunker tanker.





Singapore bunker tanker to be equipped with MAN ES DF gensets

MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES) on Monday (15 April) said it has received an order for three MAN 6L21/31DF-M (Dual Fuel-Methanol) GenSets capable of running on methanol in connection with the construction of a 7,990 dwt IMO Type II chemical bunker tanker.

The newbuild will operate at the port of Singapore under charter to deliver marine fuels. The port itself is reported as laying plans for the steady supply of methanol from 2025 onwards in order to meet future, anticipated bunkering requirements for methanol-fuelled vessels. 

The dual-fuel engines will form part of a diesel-electric propulsion system on board the vessel with electrical motors driving twin fixed-pitch propellers via gearboxes; an onboard battery-storage system will optimise the use of the dual-fuelled generators. 

MAN Energy Solutions’ licensee, CMP – an engine-manufacturing division of Chinese State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) – will build the engines in China and the vessel is scheduled for delivery during Q4, 2025.

Bjarne Foldager – Country Manager, Denmark – MAN Energy Solutions, said: “Seeing our trusted MAN L21/31 GenSets go into these ships as a methanol-fuelled version shows that maritime decarbonisation is a prominent consideration for shipowners in all vessel segments and sizes.”

“It also clearly illustrates, regardless of the market one serves as shipowner, that our broad, dual-fuel portfolio enables everyone to take part in the green transition.”

Thomas S. Hansen – Head of Sales and Promotion – MAN Energy Solutions, said: “The MAN L21/31 engine is well-established in the market having racked up some 2,750 sales.”

“The reliability of its cost-effective, port fuel-injection concept now prominently positions the 21/31DF-M as the preferred, medium-speed, small-bore engine for GenSet and diesel-electric propulsion solutions, while also meeting market demands to balance both CAPEX and OPEX.”

“With the shipping market currently experiencing an increased interest in methanol as marine fuel, and orders for methanol-fuelled ships steadily growing as part of many companies’ decarbonisation strategy, we feel that the introduction of this dual-fuel engine is timely.”


Photo credit: MAN Energy Solutions
Published: 16 April 2024

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