Port of Rotterdam: shipping sector embracing LNG as fuel

Nov 12, 2020

Port of Rotterdam: shipping sector embracing LNG as fuel

Port of Rotterdam noted that the liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel is gaining in popularity in the shipping sector.

Courtesy of Port of Rotterdam

On Thursday, the port hosted a bunkering operation with Total’s Gas Agility delivering chilled fuel to the world’s largest LNG-powered containership CMA CGM Jacques Saade.

Gas Agility, the world’s largest bunkering vessels supplied 18,000 cubic meters of LNG to the ultra-large container vessel in a 16-hour operation.

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Port of Rotterdam noted that Gas Agility was built especially to supply ULCVs (Ultra Large Container Vessels) like Jacques Saade with LNG while they are loading or unloading their cargo.

A total of nine LNG bunker vessels operate in Rotterdam’s port area, of which three can be found working there on a permanent basis.

LNG is becoming increasingly popular as a transport fuel in the shipping sector, the Port of Rotterdam Authority said.

“Like CMA CGM, we support the transition from heavy fuel oil to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a transport fuel for shipping. At present, LNG is the cleanest fuel that can be considered scalable and affordable for this ship category. Moreover, the introduction of these new LNG-powered vessels supports the Port Authority’s ambition to serve as a key hub in the import, export, storage and bunkering of LNG“, Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port Authority said.

He noted that CMA CGM’s nine-strong fleet will be bunkering some 300,000 cubic meters of LNG in Rotterdam.

Jacques Saade is the first LNG-powered container vessel with a capacity of over 23,000-TEU containers. CMA CGM has ordered another eight of these ULCVs at the Chinese Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding yard, a unit of China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

By 2022, the shipping company plans to have a fleet of no fewer than 26 LNG-powered vessels in service including nine 23,000-TEU ships, eleven 15,000-TEU ships and six 14,000-TEU ships.

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