Total informed that its first large LNG bunker vessel has been launched, after the signature of a long-term charter contract between Total and MOL in February 2018.The ship will be delivered in 2020, and it will operate in Northern Europe, supplying LNG to commercial vessels for a period of at least 10 years.
The LNG bunker vessel’s construction complies with IMO 2020. In this context, Total considers that the transition from heavy fuel oil to LNG is a competitive, efficient and immediately available solution for maritime transportation.
“Developing infrastructure like this giant bunker vessel is essential to allow LNG to become a widely used marine fuel. 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.”
pinpointed Momar Nguer, President for Total Marketing & Services.
Built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding at their shipyard near Shanghai, the bunker vessel is equipped with new tank technologies, with a capacity of 18,600 cubic meters.
It is also designed to be highly maneuverable, and thus be able to operate safely in the ports and terminals.
Moreover, it meets environmental standards thanks to the use of LNG as fuel and complete reliquefaction of boil-off gas.