The port of Marseille Fos has declared its intention to become the liquefied natural gas (LNG) hub for the Mediterranean region and is seeking to further promote the use of the fuel, Kallanish Energy reports.
The French port said last week it aims to provide an LNG bunkering vessel for refuelling throughout 2021. It also confirmed that energy giant Total will construct a similar vessel next year to supply the five CMA CGM LNG-propelled container ships that will call at the port from 2021.
In December last year, Total announced a deal to supply 270,000 tonnes per year of LNG under a long-term contract to operate CMA CGM’s ultra-large container vessels.
Port of Marseille Fos’ announcement follows the completion of the second ship-to-ship bunkering operation at the port, undertaken last week. The port authority has said it will continue to position itself as a “leading player in the region for LNG refuelling operations.”
In May this year the first such operation was completed at the port, as Shell bunkered cruise operator Carnival’s ship. The operation was successfully repeated on June 15.
“With this highly successful second bunkering operation, the Port of Marseille Fos demonstrates its expertise in the field and is positioning itself to be able to develop this type of refuelling operation,” the Marseille-Fos port authority said in a statement.
As demand for alternate marine fuel increases, ship-to-ship LNG bunkering has become a more popular option due to significantly reduced sulphur, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, as required under recent International Maritime Organization regulations.
The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) has identified 185 LNG-powered ships in operation globally, and 213 LNG ships on order.
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