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Total launch first LNG Bunker Vessel



Total have announced that its first large liquefied natural gas (LNG) has now been launched.

Total's first LNG bunker vessel was constructed in Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding's Shanghai shipyard, and is due for delivery in 2020
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The bunker vessel will supply LNG to commercial vessels throughout Northern Europe. It was launched launched by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), who hold a long-term contract with Total - signed in February last year. Delivery of the vessel will be made in 2020.

The bunker vessel’s construction follows the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s regulations intended to limit the sulfur content of marine fuels from 2020. LNG has been touted as a competitive, efficient substitution for heavy fuel oil that will significantly reduce ships’ emissions.

By utilising LNG instead of heavy oil, sulfur emissions are reduced by 99%, fine particle emissions are reduced by 99%, nitrogen oxide is reduced by 85% and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 20%.

“Developing infrastructure like this giant bunker vessel is essential to allow LNG to become a widely used marine fuel,” said Momar Nguer, President for Total Marketing & Services in a company press release.

“This first ship demonstrates our commitment to offering our customers both more environmentally friendly fuels and the associated logistics. Thanks to this pioneering investment, Total is making a positive contribution to the sustainable evolution of global shipping.”

The vessel was constructed by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding at their Shanghai shipyard, with innovative tank technologies provided by French company GTT. The ship is 135 metres long, and the tanks have a capacity of 18,600 cubic metres. It’s designed to be highly maneuverable so it can operate safely in commercial ports and terminals.

It’s planned to supply LNG to commercial vessels, including delivering 300,000 tons per year for CMA CGM’s nine ultra-large newbuild containerships in Europe-Asia trade, for at least ten years.

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