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Total and MOL charter 1st LNG bunker vessel to operate in France

Dec 04, 2019
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Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) and Mitsui O.S.K.Lines (MOL) have signed a long-term charter contract for a second large LNG bunker vessel, to be delivered in 2021. She will be positioned in the Marseille-Fos area in France.

This bunker vessel will be built by Hudong-ZhonghuaShipbuilding in China. She will have a capacity of  18,600  m³for a  length  of  about  135  meters and  will  be  fitted  with  the Mark  III membrane containment system provided by French company GTT.

This vessel has been specifically designed to supply LNG bunker in the Mediterranean area to a wide range of vessels, including containerships, tankers, ferries and large cruise ships. She will meet the highest technical and environmental standards, using herself LNG as propulsion fuel and integrating a complete re-liquefaction of the boil-off gas.

The new build vessel will be operated under French flag by MOL, jointly with Gazocean, a pioneering   company   based   in   Marseille   and   one   of   the   most   experienced in   LNG transportation.

Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, managing director of TMFGS, declared: “We are proud to launch with MOL the first large LNG bunkering vessel in France. LNG is the best available alternative to reduce shipping environmental footprint, as it significantly improves air quality and strongly contributes to greenhouse gases reduction. With this agreement we reaffirm today our positive contribution to a sustainable shipping industry and our commitment to offer our customers a comprehensive network of supply for this clean marine fuel.”

Kenta Matsuzaka,  MOL managing executive  Officer, said: “This  is  the second LNG  bunker vessel  for Total, and  we  are  extremely honoured that  the  company  has  selected us  as  a partner. We believe this project will further solidify our relationship. In recent years, the role of LNG has changed enormously.  LNG  of  course,  serves  as  a  clean  energy  source,  and  we expect to see wider use for it as a vessel fuel, so we anticipate significant growth in the future. At MOL, we take a proactive stance in the LNG fuel business and will contribute to achieving global UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through this project.”