France: first LNG bunkering completed at the port of Marseille Fos

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(Image courtesy: Port of Marseille Fos)

On Monday May 4, the port of Marseille Fos, Shell and Carnival carried out the first LNG bunkering operation “ship to ship” in France on the Costa Smeralda.

One of the world’s first LNG cruise ships, the COSTA SMERALDA, operated by COSTA of the Carnival group and docked at the port of Marseille Fos, required LNG delivery. SHELL, under contract with Carnival, supplies LNG via one of their bunkering vessels. This vessel was used for the first LNG bunkering operation in France, which ended on Monday May 4, 2020, around 5:00 p.m.

Ship to ship refueling: a successful operation

In a maneuver carried out with great precision and fluidity, the CORAL METHANE positioned itself in line with the bunker station of COSTA SMERALDA. Once the ship is made fast, the transfer of the loading hose by the ship’s crane could begin, followed by the installation of various equipment to allow the transfer of LNG safely. Refueling continued overnight and CORAL METHANE left on May 05 at 4:00 a.m. This operation was carried out in perfect coordination between the maritime services of the port of Marseille Fos (lookout, piloting, towing, mooring), the crew of COSTA SMERALDA, the SHELL teams and the crew of CORAL METHANE operated by the Dutch ship – owner ANTHONY VEDER, and with the reassuring presence of the nautical resources of the Marseille firefighters who closely follow this development in liaison with the teams of the harbor master’s office of Marseille Fos.

“We are all proud to have been able to complete this operation smoothly and safely. It required studies, instructions and procedures to be agreed with the various players, and in accordance with European and global standards. This is a first in France and proves to what extent, even during the current health crisis, we are able to support the development of LNG, which is one of the measures deployed by the port of Marseille Fos to reduce its environmental impact, ”he says. Amaury de Maupeou, commander of the Marseille Fos port authority.

“We are delighted that, even in these difficult times for the industry, Shell is able to play a small role in helping to ensure the continuity of our customers’ LNG supply. We are pleased to have been able to work effectively with the Port of Marseille and Carnival, “said Tahir Faruqui, Managing Director of Shell Global Downstream LNG.

“Carnival is one of a growing number of organizations adopting LNG – the most affordable alternative to traditional marine fuels available today.”

“We are pleased that our new LNG-powered flagship, Costa Smeralda, has been part of this important new step for the port of Marseille in partnership with Shell,” said Franco Porcellacchia, vice president of sustainable innovation and development of the Costa group’s infrastructures “Carnival and Costa in particular were the first cruise operators to invest in sustainable innovation with LNG and continue to commit to guaranteeing the highest environmental standards for a more sustainable future. the cruise. “

MARSEILLE FOS, a leading port for the supply of liquefied natural gas

The Port of Marseille Fos places environmental excellence at the heart of its strategy. It is poised to become the Mediterranean center for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling is one of the flagship solutions to limit the impact of ship emissions. Compared to current marine fuels, it eliminates almost all sulfur (SOx) and particulate emissions, reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by more than 80% and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions up to at 25%.

Sea News, May 18

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