TotalEnergies Marine Fuels and the cruise division of MSC Group have efficiently accomplished the primary LNG bunkering operation on the Port of Marseille Fos, Southern France, for MSC Cruises’ MSC World Europa.
MSC World Europa, which was delivered in October 2022 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique on the Saint Nazaire shipyard in France, is 333 m lengthy and the most effective performing giant cruise ship working on the planet when it comes to carbon dioxide equal (CO2-e) emissions per passenger.
TotalEnergies Marine Fuels’ chartered LNG bunker barge, the Gasoline Vitality, refuelled the MSC Cruises vessel through a ship-to-ship switch of 2500 m3 of LNG on the port on 22 April 2023, whereas visitor operations continued as regular. The profitable execution of those simultaneous operations (SIMOPs) underscores TotalEnergies’ Marine Fuels means to securely ship industrial LNG bunkering operations.
The operation marks the beginning of the beforehand introduced LNG bunker provide contract between TotalEnergies and the cruise division of MSC Group in March 2021, as the businesses drive ahead their respective decarbonisation plans. Underneath the settlement, TotalEnergies Marine Fuels will provide roughly 45 000 tpy of LNG to MSC Cruises’ vessels at Marseille.
“We’re excited to help the Cruise Division of MSC Group of their decarbonisation journey and to assist the Port of Marseille Fos change into an LNG bunker hub for the Mediterranean area,” mentioned Philippe Charleux, Senior Vice President Lubricants and Specialties, TotalEnergies. “This operation additionally expands our LNG bunkering capabilities to the cruise ship phase, demonstrating our means to serve a broader vary of delivery shoppers, because the trade strives to scale back emissions. In keeping with TotalEnergies’ Local weather ambition, we are going to proceed to work hand-in-hand with our trade companions to develop and scale up new, lower-carbon and finally, zero-carbon gasoline options for delivery.”
Patrick Pourbaix, Managing Director of MSC Cruises in France, added: “This primary LNG bunkering operation in Marseille is a vital milestone for our firm as we welcome MSC World Europa for her first summer season season within the Mediterranean. That includes a variety of unprecedented improvements when it comes to environmental and marine applied sciences MSC World Europa represents a serious step ahead on our journey in direction of assembly our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. LNG isn’t solely the cleanest marine gasoline at present accessible at scale, but in addition a transitional gasoline as we sit up for supply and use artificial LNG or different various non-carbon fuels as quickly as they change into accessible at scale.”
Marine LNG sharply reduces emissions from ships and considerably improves air high quality, particularly when at berth for the good thing about port cities and communities in coastal areas. Using marine LNG subsequently impacts positively not solely the town the place LNG bunkering will happen, Marseille. It additionally paves the best way ahead for all ports within the Mediterranean to satisfy the brand new Worldwide Maritime Group (IMO) rules taking impact in 2025, as a part of its new Emission Management Space (ECA) designation. Used as a marine gasoline, LNG helps to chop: sulfur emissions and nice particle emissions by 99%, nitrogen oxide emissions by as much as 85% and greenhouse fuel emissions by round 20%.
TotalEnergies helps the rising position of LNG in delivery’s power transition. TotalEnergies Marine Fuels has actively invested in LNG bunkering infrastructure, vital to help its delivery prospects’ decarbonisation ambitions by the uptake of LNG as a marine gasoline. The Firm at present charters two 18 600 m3 LNG bunker vessels: the Gasoline Agility, on the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands; and the Gasoline Vitality, on the Port of Marseille-Fos, France.
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