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LNG marine fuel ‘an expensive distraction’, says T&E study

Significant LNG assets (feeders, barges and storage tankers) will likely become stranded by 2050.

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Rolling out a liquified natural gas (LNG) infrastructure for shipping in Europe will cost $22 billion and deliver, at best, a 6% reduction in ship greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 compared to the replaced marine fuel, finds a new independent study for Transport & Environment (T&E) by the UMAS consultancy.

These emissions savings would likely be cancelled out by the growth of maritime trade, even before possibly higher rates of methane slip are considered, according to the research LNG as a marine fuel in the EU.

Further, a recent US study found methane slippage rates to be 60% higher than previously estimated.

The EU’s 2014 Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive requires member states to build a comprehensive LNG infrastructure across European ports, thus paving the way for a large LNG market. This will also make the decarbonisation of shipping an even more challenging transition for the industry, the study warns.

“LNG is not a bridge fuel, it’s an expensive distraction that will make it harder for the EU to achieve its shipping climate goals and reduce gas imports from places like Russia,” says Faig Abbasov, shipping officer at T&E.

“Europe should back future-proof technologies that would deliver the much greater emissions reductions that will be needed, including port-side charging or liquid hydrogen infrastructure. This means the EU needs to stop mandating LNG infrastructure in European ports.”

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in April agreed that international shipping must decarbonise and at least halve its GHG emissions by 2050, but it has not yet set out any measures to achieve this.

The study concludes if investments in LNG infrastructure are made now expecting a large LNG market for shipping, and if the sector subsequently switches to using zero-emission technologies in order to comply with the IMO 2050 decarbonisation plan, significant LNG assets (feeders, barges and storage tankers) will likely become stranded by 2050.

“There is an uncertain future demand for LNG as a marine fuel over the next 10 years,” notes Domagoj Baresic, consultant, UMAS and PhD researcher, UCL Energy Institute.

“On the one hand, it is an option for complying with the 2020 sulphur cap, but as it cannot enable the GHG reductions that have been committed to in the IMO’s initial strategy for GHG reduction, and the Paris temperature goals more generally, it is clear its role in shipping's transition to a low-carbon future can only be transient.”

The report is available for download here: Transport & Environment

Related: T&E: ‘Time to dump the obsession with LNG’

Published: 27 June, 2018
 

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.

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Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.

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Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.

 

Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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LNG Bunkering

CMA CGM welcomes second 7,000 CEU LNG dual-fuel RoRo vessel

‘Equipped with LNG and battery hybrid technology, she sets a new standard in reducing emissions, offering a greener pathway for the booming electric vehicle market, says firm.

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French shipping giant CMA CGM on Monday (26 February) welcomed its second in a series of 7,000 CEU RoRo vessels, CMA CGM Monaco, to its fleet. 

“As the second in a series of 7,000 CEU RORO vessels, the CMA CGM Monaco's maiden call at Yantai heralds a significant leap in automotive transport between Asia and Europe,” the firm said in a social media post.

“Equipped with LNG and battery hybrid technology, she sets a new standard in reducing emissions, offering a greener pathway for the booming electric vehicle market.”

 “With 12 decks and capacity for 7,000 vehicles, the CMA CGM Monaco is at the forefront of enhancing China-Europe trade exchanges.”

 A week ago, CMA CGM announced the successful maiden voyage for CMA CGM Indianapolis, the first of four identical RoRo ships, in Northern Europe. 

“Launched just last December, her first stop at Bremerhaven wasn’t just for unloading; it also marked her LNG bunkering, a testament to our commitment to sustainable shipping,” it said in a separate social media post. 

Last week, Nordic liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supplier Gasum also said CMA CGM Indianapolis just had its first bunkering in Bremerhaven.

Related: CMA CGM receives first ship in series of 10 LNG-fuelled container ships

 

Photo credit: CMA CGM
Published: 29 February, 2024

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