French oil giant Total and the container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM announced on Monday the completion of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation in the Netherlands.
In a statement, Total said the CMA CGM Jacques Saade, the world’s largest containership powered by LNG has completed its first LNG bunkering with Total’s LNG bunker vessel, the Gas Agility, on Nov. 13 at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
The 23,000 TEU containership received around 17,300 cubic meters of LNG, making it the largest LNG bunkering operation to ever take place, the company said.
"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 Saade carried out cargo operations simultaneously," Total explained.
The company said Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, Total's dedicated business unit in charge of global bunkering operations, supplied the LNG, the refueling of which took approximately 24 hours to complete.
The carbon footprint of the LNG delivered was further reduced by approximately 13% of the quantity delivered using biomethane generated in the Schipol region of the Netherlands, mainly by municipal organic waste.
The company described the bunkering operation as "ground-breaking development for the global LNG market" and said the innovative solution would also help reduce the environmental footprint of maritime transport.
The company further elaborated that with the use of LNG, 99% of sulphur oxide emissions, and 99% of fine particles emissions and up to 85% of nitrogen oxide emissions were eliminated.
A LNG-powered vessel also emits up to 20% less CO2 than conventional fuel-powered systems, it said.
"We are really proud of this landmark achievement, which is the culmination of a 3-year close collaboration between Total and CMA CGM," Jerome Leprince-Ringuet, vice president of Marine Fuels at Total, was quoted as saying in the statement.
"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," he added.
Christine Cabau, executive vice president in charge of CMA CGM Group's industrial assets, described the operation as "a new step towards accelerating the energy transition in maritime transport and logistics."
By Sibel Morrow