Find out more about the bunkering operation of the CMA CGM Group's LNG-powered flagship
November 16, 2020
• The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE, the world's first LNG-powered containership with a capacity of 23,000 containers (twenty-foot equivalent units), has set a world record for the number of full containers loaded on a single vessel.
• On her departure from Singapore last week, the CMA CGM Group's new flagship was carrying a record 20,723 full containers. A record set by a world leader in shipping and logistics.
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Discover the different steps of this large-scale industrial operation that requires a dedicated bunker vessel and enough LNG to do a round trip to Asia.
LNG as a marine fuel, is the best, immediately available solution in terms of energy transition to help reduce the environmental footprint of maritime transport.
LNG also makes it possible to eliminate almost all the air pollutants generated by the combustion of fossil fuel, significantly improving air quality and contributing towards tackling global warming.
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Rotterdam, 16 November 2020
The CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE, the world's largest containership powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has completed her first LNG bunkering with Total's LNG bunker vessel, the Gas Agility, on November 13th, 2020 at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The 23,000 TEU1 containership received around 17,300 m3 of LNG, making it the largest LNG bunkering operation to ever take place.
Safe and efficient bunkering operation was performed by the Gas Agility at the Rotterdam World Gateway terminal by means of a ship-to-ship transfer, while the CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE carried out cargo operations simultaneously. The supply of LNG was provided by Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, Total's dedicated business unit in charge of worldwide bunkering activities. Refueling took approximately 24 hours to complete.
As part of this milestone operation, the carbon footprint of the LNG delivered was further reduced with the introduction of biomethane for approximately 13% of the quantity delivered, through the Guarantee of Origin (GO) certificates mechanism. The biomethane is produced in the Schiphol area in the Netherlands, mainly by organic municipal waste
The pioneering bunkering operation is a ground-breaking development for the global LNG market and concretely demonstrates Total and CMA CGM's pledge to advance the use of LNG as a marine fuel, the best, immediately available solution in terms of energy transition to help reduce the environmental footprint of maritime transport. LNG makes it possible to eliminate almost all the air pollutants generated by the combustion of fossil fuels:
• 99% of sulphur oxide emissions;
• 99% of fine particles emissions;
• Up to 85% of nitrogen oxide emissions;
A LNG-powered vessel also emits up to 20% less CO2 than conventional fuel-powered systems. The development of bio and synthetic LNG2 will further drive forward LNG as a viable pathway to support the International Maritime Organization's strategy on reducing GHG emissions from international shipping.
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"The success of the first LNG bunkering of our flagship in Rotterdam is the culmination of 7 years of research and development by experts from CMA CGM Group and its partners. We are very pleased to have chosen Total for the gas supply of this major industrial project" said Christine Cabau, Executive Vice President in charge of CMA CGM Group's industrial assets. "This operation marks the structuring of a chain of excellence for LNG used as a fuel for maritime transport. It is a new step towards accelerating the energy transition in maritime transport and logistics". "We are really proud of this landmark achievement, which is the culmination of a 3-year close collaboration between Total and CMA CGM," said Jerome Leprince-Ringuet, Vice President Marine Fuels at Total. "It also marks the shipping industry's first commercial use of biomethane on this scale. Such introduction reflects Total's ambition to get to Net Zero by 2050 and our commitment to help reduce the carbon intensity of the energy products used by our customers."
(1) Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit: Unit used to measure a container ship's cargo carrying capacity.
(2) Synthetic LNG is LNG derived from the synthesis of CO2 and hydrogen; it is considered a zero-emission fuel when produced from renewable hydrogen and recycled CO2.
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