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TMFGS delivers biomethane and LNG fuel on ‘Jacques Saadé’ maiden bunker operation

17 Nov 2020

Total Marine Fuel Global Solutions (TFMGS) on Monday (16 November) said its LNG bunker vessel, the Gas Agility performed CMA CGM Jacques Saadé’s first LNG bunkering operation on Friday (13 November) at the Port of Rotterdam.

The 23,000 TEU containership received around 17,300 m3 of LNG, making it the largest LNG bunkering operation to ever take place. 

The amount bunkered is sufficient for the container ship to do a roundtrip from Rotterdam to Asia without refuelling, Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, Vice President Marine Fuels at Total, told Singapore bunker publication Manifold Times.

A safe and efficient bunkering operation was performed by the Gas Agility at the Rotterdam World Gateway terminal by means of a ship-to-ship transfer, while the CMA CGM Jacques Saadé carried out cargo operations simultaneously.

The supply of LNG was provided by Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, Total’s dedicated business unit in charge of worldwide bunkering activities. Refueling took approximately 24 hours to complete.

Total noted as part of this milestone operation, the carbon footprint of the LNG delivered was further reduced with the introduction of biomethane for approximately 13% of the quantity delivered, through the Guarantee of Origin (GO) certificates mechanism.

The biomethane is produced in the Schipol area in the Netherlands, mainly by organic municipal waste.

The company said the pioneering bunkering operation is a ground-breaking development for the global LNG market and concretely demonstrates Total and CMA CGM’s pledge to advance the use of LNG as a marine fuel, the best, immediately available solution in terms of energy transition to help reduce the environmental footprint of maritime transport.

The development of bio and synthetic LNG2 will further drive forward LNG as a viable pathway to support the International Maritime Organization’s strategy on reducing GHG emissions from international shipping, said Total.

“We are really proud of this landmark achievement, which is the culmination of a 3-year close collaboration between Total and CMA CGM,” said Leprince-Ringuet. 

“It also marks the shipping industry’s first commercial use of biomethane on this scale. Such introduction reflects Total’s ambition to get to Net Zero by 2050 and our commitment to help reduce the carbon intensity of the energy products used by our customers.”

“CMA CGM has chosen Total as part of a major industrial partnership to supply them with gas. Thereby making CMA CGM the initiator in structuring a genuine LNG field of excellence in maritime transport.” said Christine Cabau, CMA CGM Executive Vice President, Group Industrial Assets.

“The pioneering choice of LNG we announced in 2017 is a step forward to achieve our objective of being carbon neutral by 2050 and to accelerate the energy transition in transport and logistics.”

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Photo credit: Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions
Published: 17 November, 2020

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