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Interview: Vice President of TotalEnergies Marine Fuels takes helm of firm’s decarbonisation route

“In TotalEnergies, we already have projects along the e-Fuel value chain, from green electricity and green / blue hydrogen to e-Fuel production that will be integrated along the marine fuels value chain in time to come,” shares Louise Tricoire.

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Louise Tricoire, appointed as Vice President of TotalEnergies Marine Fuels in September, has made it her raison d'être to support decarbonisation of the shipping sector – including maritime operations of French parent firm TotalEnergies – learns Manifold Times.

The Singapore bunkering publication caught up with Tricoire on the side lines of the 22nd edition of Singapore International Bunkering Conference, also known as SIBCON 2022, to understand her motivations.

“I started my career at TotalEnergies 20 years ago, 15 of which were spent in management roles leading sales and operations, development or M&A, in the marketing downstream branch of the company covering retail stations, fuels & lubricants distribution segments,” she shares.

“Then, I spent two years within the company’s LNG business unit negotiating the two first deals we made with our partner Adani in India, around LNG marketing and regasification facilities. It was when knowledge of LNG contracts, production, trading routes and mechanisms was acquired.

“In the last three years, I was focused on decarbonising TotalEnergies’ operations and led a central team to find and deploy solutions for reducing GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions across all upstream and downstream activities, including for oil, gas, fuels & lubricant and shipping.”

Tricoire, now with a firm foundation of what decarbonisation means and the solutions necessary to get there, believes TotalEnergies Marine Fuels is ready to help the shipping sector meet International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s 2030 and 2050 targets.

“The global shipping industry is on a collective journey towards decarbonisation and I am delighted to be entering the sector at such a crucial phase in this transition. I am looking forward to seeing the strides we will continue to advance in supporting our customers and the wider shipping community,” she says. 

“Further, I also know very well the internal world of TotalEnergies and our ambitions are high in terms of becoming a major player in the production of decarbonized energies such as renewable power, green H2 or e-fuels. That helps a lot when we want to develop new businesses; where you need to know how to navigate in this environment and which internal partners to engage.

 “Arriving here [in this new role at Singapore], there is definitely more to learn about the marine fuels industry, especially in this dynamic ecosystem. Fortunately, I am supported by a very good team that is highly experienced and knows the industry very well..”

Decarbonisation of TotalEnergies’ Bunker Fuels Portfolio

Tricoire was keen to explain that TotalEnergies – which itself currently charters nearly 60 vessels – understands the challenges shipowners face towards IMO 2030/2050.

“The experience of chartering a fleet of this size has given us expertise about the different ways to reduce a vessel’s carbon footprint. We have deep knowledge internally about what the shipping industry needs and how we can help to decarbonise it,” she notes.

In an effort to support shipping industry sustainability, Tricoire informs TotalEnergies Marine Fuels has stopped selling High Sulphur Fuel Oil (HSFO) worldwide since IMO 2020. To date, the firm only maintains marine gas oil (MGO) and Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) inventories within its fossil oil based products portfolio.

For the immediate term, TotalEnergies Marine Fuels is already offering two solutions to help its shipping customers reduce GHG emissions – including the provision of biofuels from 2023 which she announced at SIBCON.

“First of all, we are offering B24 to B30 biofuels as a drop-in solution which will reduce around 20-25% GHG emissions of a ship. We offer this at Singapore port from 1 January 2023 where we will have a supply chain based on UCOME (Used Cooking Oil Methyl Ester) blended with VLSFO. Biofuels is something which we are also developing in Europe, especially in France, and ARA,” states Tricoire.

 “Secondly, we offer LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) which is a product we know very well in terms of operations and safety. Over the past two years, we have conducted 120 safe bunkering operations in Europe via the Gas Agility at Rotterdam and the Gas Vitality at Marseille. By Q1 2023, we will also have the Brassavola delivering LNG to receiving vessels at the Port of Singapore. LNG delivers measurable emissions reductions benefit as a marine fuel, allowing for up to 23% reduction of GHG emissions.

“Further, we are also able to incorporate biogas in our European LNG bunkers with the help of TotalEnergies’ dedicated internal Biogas business unit and are studying the same in Singapore for the future.”

For the longer term, Tricoire states TotalEnergies Marine Fuels is currently investigating new decarbonisation solutions for shipping via, amongst other, participation in the Methanol Institute, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping and a joint study with Itochu.

“In TotalEnergies, we already have projects along the e-Fuel value chain, from green electricity and green / blue hydrogen to e-Fuel production that will be integrated along the marine fuels value chain in time to come,” she reveals.

 “The first batch of e-Fuels will most probably be integrated into the bunkering value chain around green shipping corridors. Our strong positions in in many parts of the world will help us bring decarbonized bunker fuels close to these corridors.”

 

Photo credit: TotalEnergies Marine Fuels
Published: 6 December, 2022

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CMA CGM takes delivery of fourth LNG-fuelled containership

Naming ceremony and delivery of vessel, organised at HD Hyundai Mipo in Ulsan, South Korea, marked entry of the fourth vessel in a series of ten specially designed for Northern Europe feeder services.

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CMA CGM takes delivery of fourth LNG-fuelled containership

French shipping giant on Wednesday (19 June) said it celebrated the naming ceremony and delivery of its fourth LNG-fuelled container ship, CMA CGM Tivoli.

Organised at HD Hyundai Mipo in Ulsan, South Korea, on 16 June, the event marked the official entry of the fourth vessel in a series of ten specially designed for Northern Europe feeder services.

“Featuring optimised features for 45-foot containers, increased capacity for refrigerated containers, and innovative forward accommodation to enhance cargo loading and aerodynamics, CMA CGM Tivoli distinguishes itself with a high ‘length to beam" ratio to maximise hydrodynamic efficiency,” the firm said in a social media post. 

“She departed the shipyard on June 15th, 2024, bound for Busan. We wish fair winds and smooth seas to Captain Artur Dumbrov and his crew.” 

 

Photo credit: CMA CGM
Published: 21 June, 2024

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives orders for Japan’s first methanol-fuelled RoRo cargo ship duo

Two ships will be built at the Enoura Plant of MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with scheduled completion and delivery by the end of fiscal 2027.

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives orders for Japan's first methanol-fuelled RoRo cargo ship duo

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, on Wednesday (19 June) said it has received orders from Toyofuji Shipping and Fukuju Shipping for Japan's first methanol-fueled roll-on/roll-off (RORO) cargo ships. 

The two ships will be built at the Enoura Plant of MHI's Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with scheduled completion and delivery by the end of fiscal 2027.

The ships will be approximately 169.9 meters in overall length and 30.2 meters in breadth, with 15,750 gross tonnage, and loading capacity for around 2,300 passenger vehicles.

A windscreen at the bow and a vertical stem are used to reduce propulsion resistance, while fuel efficiency is improved by employing MHI's proprietary energy-saving system technology combing high-efficiency propellers and high-performance rudders with reduced resistance. 

The main engine is a high-performance dual-fuel engine that can use both methanol and A heavy fuel oil, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 10% compared to ships with the same hull and powered by fuel oil, contributing to a reduced environmental impact. 

In the future, the use of green methanol(2) may lead to further reduction in CO2 emissions, including throughout the lifecycle of the fuel. Methanol-fueled RORO ships have already entered into service as ocean-going vessels around the world, but this is the first construction of coastal vessels for service in Japan.

In addition, the significant increase in vehicle loading capacity and transport capacity per voyage compared to conventional vessels will provide greater leeway in the ship allocation schedule, securing more holiday and rest time for the crew, thereby contributing to working style reforms.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, to address the growing needs from the modal shift in marine transport against the backdrop of CO2 reductions in land transportation, labor shortages, and working style reforms, will continue to work with its business partners to provide solutions for a range of societal issues by building ferries and RORO vessels with excellent fuel efficiency and environmental performance that contribute to stable navigation for customers.

 

Photo credit: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding
Published: 20 June, 2024

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Maersk and Nike to christen methanol-fuelled boxship at Port of Los Angeles in August

Powered by methanol for its maiden voyage and capable of carrying more than 16,000 containers, the vessel will get its new name at a private ceremony at Port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor.

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A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) on Wednesday (19 June) said it will be christening one of the world’s first methanol-enabled vessels when it arrives in Los Angeles this August.

The firm invited the public to go aboard the container ship in Los Angeles.

Powered by methanol for its maiden voyage and capable of carrying more than 16,000 containers (TEU), the vessel will get its new name at a private ceremony at the Port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor on Tuesday, August 27. 

Maersk’s CEO Vincent Clerc will be on hand, alongside special guest speakers from Nike and leading state and local officials. Nike is a partner in the name-giving event.

“Nike is committed to protecting the future of sport and we leverage science-based targets to guide us through our Move to Zero journey,” said Venkatesh Alagirisamy, Nike Chief Supply Chain Officer.

“Operating one of the largest supply chains in the world, we have a responsibility to advance the innovation and use of more sustainable methods that get us closer to zero carbon and zero waste. By working with suppliers like Maersk, who share our commitment to sustainability, we are scaling our use of biofuels in ocean transportation, our main first-mile delivery channel.”

“This event is not only an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable engineering achievement, but the chance to highlight that we can navigate towards more sustainable supply chains if we work together,” said Charles van der Steene, Regional President for Maersk North America.

On Wednesday, August 28, Maersk invites the public to tour the 350-meter-long vessel, which will be sailing from Asia. Visitors will be able to see the Sailors’ living quarters and even stand on the bridge from where the captain controls the vessel. Public tours will require visitors register for a free ticket via an online registration site that will be activated and announced in August.

This is the fifth container vessel in Maersk’s fleet that can sail on green methanol bunker fuel.

 

Photo credit: A.P. Moller – Maersk
Published: 20 June, 2024

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