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In Total’s landmark bunkering of CMA CGM’s first 23,000 TEU LNG-fuelled containership at the Port of Rotterdam on 14 November, biomethane made up around 13% of the delivered fuel.

The refuelling of the Jacques Saadé with 17,300 cubic metres of LNG by Total’s new bunker vessel Gas Agility marked the world’s largest LNG bunker operation to date.

In a statement sent to Bunkerspot today (16 November), Total said that the bunker delivery at the Rotterdam World Gateway terminal took around 24 hours to complete.

The carbon footprint of the LNG delivered was further reduced with the introduction of biomethane, through the Guarantee of Origin (GO) certificates mechanism. The biomethane is produced in the Schipol area in the Netherlands, mainly by organimunicipal waste.

‘We are really proud of this landmark achievement, which is the culmination of a 3-yearvclose collaboration between Total and CMA CGM,’ said Jérôme 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.’

Christine Cabau, Executive Vice President in charge of CMA CGM Group's industrial assets, also noted: ‘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.

‘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.’

Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet talks to Lesley Bankes-Hughes about Total’s outlook on the development of a global LNG bunkering infrastructure in the December 2020/January 2021 issue of Bunkerspot magazine.

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