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The Port of Marseille sees first ‘ship-to-ship’ LNG bunkering operation by Shell

19 May 2020

The Port of Marseille FOS on Thursday (14 May) announced it has hosted the first ‘ship-to-ship’ liquid natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation in France.

One of the world’s first LNG-powered cruise ships, the Costa Smeralda, operated by Costa of the Carnival Group was berthed at the Port of Marseille Fos, and required an LNG bunker delivery, it said.

Shell, under contract with Carnival, supplied the LNG through one of their bunker vessels, Coral Methane

In a manoeuvre carried out with great precision and efficiency the Costa Smeralda positioned herself in line with the Costa Smeralda’s bunker station so the transfer of the loading hose by the ship’s crane could begin, followed by the installation of various equipment to allow LNG to be transferred in complete safety, said the port authority.

Refuelling continued overnight and the Coral Methane departed the next day. 

The operation was carried out with perfect coordination between the ship services of the Port of Marseille Fos (lookout, piloting, towing, mooring), the crew of the Costa Smeralda, the Shell teams and the crew of the Coral Methane operated by the Dutch shipowner Anthony Veder, and with the reassuring presence of the nautical resources of the Marseille fire-fighters who were closely monitoring this development in liaison with the teams of the Harbour Master’s Office at the Port of Marseille Fos. 

“We are all proud to have been able to complete this operation smoothly and safely,” said Amaury de Maupeou, the Marseille Fos Port Authority Commander.

“It has required studies, instructions and procedures to be agreed with the various players, and in line with European and global standards. 

“This is a first in France and proves to what extent, even during the current health crisis, we are capable of supporting the development of LNG, which is one of the measures deployed by the Port of Marseille Fos to reduce its environmental impact.” 

“We’re pleased that even in these challenging times for the industry, Shell is able to play a small role in helping to ensure continuity of LNG supply to our customers,” added Tahir Faruqui, General Manager, Shell Global Downstream LNG.

“We are happy that our new LNG powered flagship Costa Smeralda was part of this new milestone for the Port of Marseille in partnership with Shell” commented Franco Porcellacchia, Sustainable Innovation and Infrastructure Development Vice President Costa Group .

“Carnival and Costa specifically have been the first cruise operator to invest in sustainable innovation with LNG and continue to be committed to ensuring the highest environmental standards for a more sustainable future of cruising.”

Photo credit: The Port of Marseille FOS
Published: 19 May, 2020


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