Biomethane used in major Dutch LNG bunkering operation

The world’s largest containership powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) has completed its first LNG bunkering with Total’s LNG bunker vessel, the Gas Agility, at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The 23,000 TEU1 CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE containership received around 17,300 m3 of LNG, incorporating 13% biomethane. making it the largest LNG bunkering operation to ever take place.

The bunkering operation was performed by the Gas Agility at the Rotterdam World Gateway terminal through a ship-to-ship transfer, while the CMA CGM Jaques Saade carried out cargo operations.

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

As part of this milestone operation, the carbon footprint of the LNG delivered was reduced with the introduction of biomethane for approximately 13% of the quantity delivered, through Guarantee of Origin certificates. The biomethane is produced in the Schiphol area, derived from mainly organic municipal waste.

Christine Cabau, executive vice-president in charge of CMA CGM Group’s industrial assets, said: “The success of the first LNG bunkering of our flagship in Rotterdam is the culmination of seven years of research and development by experts from CMA CGM Group and its partners.

“We are very pleased to have chosen Total for the gas supply of this major industrial project.

“This operation marks the structuring of a chain of excellence for LNG used as a fuel for maritime transport. It is a new step towards accelerating the energy transition in maritime transport and logistics.”

“We’re really proud of this landmark achievement,” added Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, vice-president of marine fuels at Total, “which is the culmination of a three-year close collaboration between Total and CMA CGM.

“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.”

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