Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) the marine bunkering arm of the Total Group, on Friday (18 September) said the world’s largest liquified natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel has been officially named at a ceremony held in Rotterdam.
The 18,600-m³ GTT Mark III Flex membrane vessel has been named Gas Agility.
The LNG bunker vessel is owned by Emerald Green Maritime Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), and she is chartered by TMFGS.
In February 2018, TMFGS said it signed the Time Charter Party for this LNG bunkering vessel with MOL.
Construction started in China in November 2018 at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s yard and was delivered in April 2020.
“We are delighted to have officially named Gas Agility as she embarks on a new chapter in delivering cleaner marine fuels,” said Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, Managing Director of Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions.
“Her arrival in Rotterdam marks the culmination of 3 years of dedicated work with MOL and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in Shanghai, to plan, build and create a major development in global marine LNG fuel supply.”
With her pioneering design and innovative equipment, TMFGS said the Gas Agility is an industry premiere made possible by a strong collaboration between the shipyard, the owner, the charterer and many partners, including Bureau Veritas and GTT.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the people who have been involved in the project. I am very confident that our endeavour will be the great milestone and the turning point in this rapidly changing world,” said Takeshi Hashimoto, Executive Vice President of MOL.
“The transition from heavy fuel oil to LNG is competitive, environmentally efficient and an immediately available solution for maritime transportation. By providing the capacity to deliver LNG as a marine fuel, this partnership will be the leader in transition to a more fuel-efficient industry.”
Gas Agility will be positioned in the Marseille-Fos area in France to supply LNG as a marine fuel within the Mediterranean area.
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Photo credit: Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions
Published: 21 September, 2020
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