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Shell, CMA-CGM perform first bio-LNG bunkering in Rotterdam

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The CMA CGM Group and Shell have performed a bio-LNG bunkering trial in Rotterdam.

Containerships Aurora, a 1,400 twenty-foot equivalent units LNG-powered vessel was bunkered by Shell with a nearly 10% blend of low-carbon bio-LNG while calling at Rotterdam. The vessel received around 483 m3 of LNG, 44 m3 of which were bio-LNG.

The operation was performed by the barge LNG London at the Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals. It was successfully conducted through a ship-to-ship transfer while the containership Aurora carried out cargo operations simultaneously.

Shell’s bio-LNG offering, combined with the dual-fuel gas engine technology developed by CMA-CGM, has the potential to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 67% well-to-wake (the whole value chain) compared to very low sulphur fuel oil.

Produced from agricultural and industrial food waste, bio-LNG has demonstrated the future potential of the bio-LNG supply chain. Results from the trial will give the maritime sector a vital demonstration of the scalability and technical compliance of the fuel, said CMA-CGM.

“Shell believes LNG is the first integral step to decarbonising the shipping sector,” said Tahir Faruqui, general manager at Shell Global Downstream LNG.

“LNG offers immediate emissions reduction and has the potential to become a net-zero emission marine fuel, given the possible roles of bio-LGN and synthetic LNG. We look forward to assessing how the supply chain might be scaled to enable LNG to become a viable carbon-neutral marine fuel.”