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Marseille Fos port focuses on LNG bunkering operations

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:

  • The construction of an LNG bunkering vessel by Total to supply the five CMA CGM LNG-propelled 15,000TEU container ships that from 2021 will be calling in at Fos
  • LNG-propelled cruise ships have been calling in at Marseille since 2019
  • In 2021, the Port of Marseille Fos will offer its customers an LNG bunkering vessel
  • Confirmation that the Fos Tonkin LNG terminal will continue to operate beyond 2020 and that the Fos Cavaou LNG terminal will be adapted to load micro-methane carriers for Elengy
  • The Marseille Fos port community is fully committed to SGMF’s approach, which, according to a statement, reconciles economic activity linked to maritime transport with reducing its impact on the environment.
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