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Shell supplying LNG to CMA CGM 13,000 TEU vessels at Port of Singapore, starting 2023

29 Jun 2022

Shell and CMA CGM Group on Tuesday (28 June) signed agreements that will see them work closely together to accelerate decarbonising the marine sector including supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) to certain CMA CGM’s vessels in the Port of Singapore. 

As part of the signed agreements, the two companies inked a multi-year LNG supply agreement, in which Shell will supply LNG to CMA CGM’s 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels in the port, starting from the second half of 2023.

The simultaneous operation (SIMOPS) LNG bunkering will be undertaken by FueLNG, a joint venture between a unit of Shell in Singapore and Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) utilising FueLNG Bellina that is already in operation and an 18,000m3 LNG bunker vessel that will come into service in 2023, further enhancing the reliability of its LNG bunkering operations. 

Tahir Faruqui, General Manager, Head of Downstream LNG at Shell, said: “CMA CGM continues to see the potential in LNG as a marine fuel, so it is a hugely positive step to be extending our supply commitments in this area. By using LNG as a marine fuel, the industry immediately places itself on a decarbonising pathway, starting today. LNG is a fuel in transition and offers a credible pathway to liquefied biomethane and the hydrogen-based fuel liquefied e-methane; both having the potential of being net zero.”

Furthermore, the two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that encompasses:

  • the advancement of low-carbon marine fuels, such as liquid biofuels, bio/e-methane (to LNG), bio/e-methanol, for new and existing vessels
  • the delivery of innovative technical solutions, which include LNG and hydrogen blending, methane slip abatement technologies and fuel cell technology development
  • exploring voluntary and mandated trading mechanisms for carbon credits
  • and joint advocacy for net zero-emissions policies.

As Shell and CMA CGM are long standing partners, both companies plan to extend their partnership to the road and aviation sectors in the future. In doing so, this demonstrates the vital role effective partnerships will play in accelerating decarbonisation in shipping and beyond.


Photo credit: Shell
Published: 29 June, 2022

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