Port of Marseille Fos has announced its aim to become the liquefied natural gas (LNG) hub in the Mediterranean, following the completion of a second bunkering operation on 15 June, after a first LNG ship-to-ship bunkering operation in early May.
The Port of Marseille Fos, Costa and Shell repeated successfully the first bunkering operation, demonstrating the port’s ability to develop this type of refuelling operation.
The port said LNG is a clean alternative energy that limits the impact of emissions from ships. “Non-toxic and non-corrosive, it makes it possible to eliminate almost all sulphur and particulate emissions, and reduce both nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 80% and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 25% compared with current marine fuels,” added the port. Although the claims for carbon are a hotly contested feature of LNG fuel.
Fos has notably contributed to the working groups led by the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), a non-governmental organisation created to promote safety and industry best practices, alongside LNG operators, in order to introduce all the safety conditions that meet European and global standards in this regard.
Today, SGMF has identified 185 LNG-powered ships in operation worldwide and 213 LNG ships on order.
At Fos, industrial partners and shipping companies say they are committed to providing a first-class LNG offering in the Mediterranean: