2020 Nov 13

Historic LNG Bunkering Operation Underway in Rotterdam

The LNG-powered CMA CGM Jacques Saade has marked a new milestone as it kicks off its first LNG bunkering in Rotterdam.

CMA CGM said called the operation “the largest bunkering operation ever undertaken for a containership.”

With a 18,600 cubic meter tank, CMA CGM Jacques Saade is being refueled with LNG while port handling operations remain underway. The bunkering operation is being performed by the Gas Agility, the world’s largest LNG bunkering vessel. The Gas Agility is operated by the French company Total, which has an agreement with CMA CGM to supply 300,000 tons of LNG fuel per year for a period of ten years.

Once bunkering is complete, CMA CGM Jacques Saade will continue on her maiden voyage, which began in China after she joined the fleet on September 22.

The CMA CGM Jacques Saade is the first of nine LNG-fueled, 23,000 TEU containerships ordered by CMA CGM in 2017. So far seven of those ships have been delivered by the shipyard. The vessels are operated French Asia Line (FAL 1) connecting Asia with Europe, providing a weekly service comprising 13 calls over 84 days.

CMA CGM said today it now anticipates to have 26 LNG-fuelled containerships of various sizes by 2022 in its fleet. While not carbon-free, LNG is seen a lower-carbon option that helps the shipping industry meet more stringent sulphur emissions targets and a transitioning fuel that will help the shipping industry meet its carbon-neutral aspirations by 2050.

“The energy transition is well and truly underway at CMA CGM. As of today, our flagship is powered using Liquefied Natural Gas,” said Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group. “By 2022, our LNG-powered fleet will be 26 strong. Through this initiative we are directly addressing the environmental challenges we are faced with. As well as being reliable, LNG is the best available technology for significantly improving air quality and contributing towards tackling global warming.”


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