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Working group to launch LNG bunkering at Port of Marseille Fos

21 Nov 2018

A working group setup by the Port of Marseille Fos at end-2017 has entered the next stage of plans to introduce liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operations at the port, it said on Monday.

The working group’s task was to study and ensure the relevance of the logistics options for LNG bunkering in the Port of Marseille Fos.

Between March and July 2018, the LNG working group developed a master plan with details of the schedule for the investment that would be required and the possible operational methods.

It brought together ship-owners that had expressed an interest in LNG from Marseille / Fos, the managers of the two LNG terminals based in Fos (Elengy and Fosmax LNG), an LNG supplier (Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions) and the LNG marine and fluvial platform.

The working group confirmed the feasibility of an operational LNG bunkering solution in both Marseille and Fos within a limited timeframe, consisting of:

  1. The rapid development of truck refuelling logistics that would initially to serve ferries and continue to be an option should refuelling vessels be unavailable.
  2. Putting one or more refuelling vessel(s) in place that would be suitable for cruise ships and ferries as well as container ships.

As such, Fosmax LNG is investing in the Fos Cavaou terminal in order to adapt it to receive small LNG carriers. This service will be available in the summer of 2019 (50 annual slots).
Elengy is studying the extension of the Fos Tonkin Terminal activity focusing on loading small LNG carriers, with the provision of 100 annual slots from 2021.

“The Port of Marseille Fos welcomes the results of the working group and its participants’ involvement in a shared industrial vision to promote LNG as marine fuel,” it says.

“The work will result in the establishment of a complete and sustainable economic sector leading to concrete measures to reduce the emissions of all traffic.”

Related: Fos Cavaou terminal ready for LNG bunkering by 2019
Related: EIB supports Marseille Fos port bunkering project

Photo credit: Marseilles port
Published: 21 November, 2018


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