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Total second LNG bunkering vessel begins construction, experts share expansion plans

21 May 2020

Total Lubmarine on Wednesday (20 May) said construction of the second Total-chartered liquefied natural gas (LNG) Bunker Vessel has started on 29 April at the CSSC Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding yard in Shanghai.

Owned by Mitsui OSK Line, the vessel has a capacity of 18,600 m³, spanning a length of about 135 meters, and is due to be delivered in 2021. 

Powered by LNG, she meets the highest environmental and technical conditions and is set to become the first LNG bunker vessel operating in the Marseille-Fos area, adds Total.

Recently, Total has geared up to expand its endeavours into the LNG market. Some of its experts also shared their insights into the future of LNG bunkering.

“We recently announced a new contract with Malaysian shipowner AET to charter our first two LNG-powered tankers,” said Luc Gillet Senior Vice-President Shipping at Total. 

“We have a clear objective of reducing the emissions of our chartered fleet and we will continue the effort for all sizes of vessels.

“Let’s continue to innovate and develop new projects for safe and environmentally responsible shipping.”

“It shows Total’s ambition to commit to better energy as a charterer, carrying oil around the world with a reduced impact on the environment, and as a bunker supplier who ensures availability of cleaner fuels and associated infrastructures,” adds Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, Managing Director of Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS).

Total says it will continue to invest in developing LNG bunkering infrastructures, and anticipates that LNG bunker vessels will triple over the next two years reaching more than 30 units to answer the needs of a growing market. 

“The LNG bunker market could reach 10 Mt by 2025, and 20 Mt by 2030 and TMFGS wants to be one the major players in that space,” notes Leprince-Ringuet.

“LNG is perfectly positioned to accompany the shipping industry towards the International Maritime Organization’s target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50% by 2050,” said Fabiola Hernandez, HSEQ and Technical Director at TMFGS.

“The reality is that the shipping industry needs to take action now and this implies to have a fuel alternative that is safe, sustainable and proven for ship operators to commit. 

“LNG is the only transitioning solution that is available today. It moves us on significantly to a much cleaner fuel position by delivering proven performance and results.”

Related: AET and TOTAL sign time charter agreement for two LNG dual-fuel VLCCs

Photo credit: Total Gas Solutions
Published: 21 May, 2020


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