- Collaboration following a long-term charter contract.
- “The ‘Gas Vitality’ is a testament of our commitment to provide our shipping customers with another major European hub to help meet their LNG bunkering needs,” said Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet,
- LNG as a marine fuel has gained positive momentum as the global shipping industry looks to adapt to stricter emissions standards.
- LNG is a marine fuel that also lays the foundation for the introduction of greener bio LNG in the future.
The first LNG bunker vessel to be based in ‘France has been officially named “Gas Vitality”, at a ceremony held today at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, China reports TotalEnergies.
Long-term Charter contract
The 18,600-m2 newbuild bunker vessel is TotalEnergies Marine Fuel’ second collaboration with shipowner Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and a shipbuilder, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding following the signing of a long-term charter contract in November-2019.
All three parties first collaborated in 2018 to successfully design and build her sister ship, the Gas Agility, which has been operating in the Port of Rotterdam since November 2020.
Classed by Bureau Veritas and operated by V.Ships France under the French flag, the Gas vitality will enter operational service in December 2021 and be based in the port of Marseille-Fos, Southern France to serve the Mediterranean region.
She will notably perform LNG bunking services to CMA, CGM’s LNG-fueled containerships and MSC cruises’ upcoming LNG-powered cruise ships that call at the French port.
“We are delighted to officially name our second chartered LNG bunker vessel.
The ‘Gas Vitality’ is a testament of our commitment to provide our shipping customers with another major European hub to help meet their LNG bunkering needs,” said Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, Vice- President Marine Fuels at TotalEnergies.
“We will continue to work closely with stakeholders across the value chain to expand the range of solutions that will help to decarbonize shipping,” he added.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all partners who have been involved in the planning, building and successful completion of the ‘Gas Vitality’.”
‘Gas Vitality’ is a significant milestone in our long-term partnership with TotalEnergies throughout the LNG supply chain and our commitment towards a decarbonized world.
Key features of ‘Gas Vitality’
The Gas Vitality is a 135 meters long GTT Mark III membrane vessel. She incorporates a range of features that enables her to meet the highest technical and environmental standards, including:
- Increased loading and bunkering rate by 25%, to a maximum of 2000m3/hr, through upgraded cargo pumps and high duty compressors.
- New pressure reduction system to optimise bunkering operations of ‘Type C’ tank vessels under all conditions.
- Azimuth propellers are two bow thrusters delivering an extremely high degree of manoeuvrability impact of her operations.
- Two manifolds for enhanced ship-to-ship bunkering flexibility across vessel types and sizes.
- Equipped to offer Electronic Bunker Delivery Notes(e-BDN) to her customers.
- Onboard re-liquefaction of the boil-off gas is further used for propulsion and the vessel’s power generation.
LNG as a marine fuel
LNG as a marine fuel has gained positive momentum as the global shipping industry looks to adapt to stricter emissions standards.
Used as a marine fuel, LNG helps to cut:
- Sulphur emissions by 99%
- Fine particle emissions by 99%
- Nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 85%
- Greenhouse gases emissions by up to 23%(Well-to-Wake)
LNG represents an available and competitive solution that contributes to the International Maritime Organizations(IMO) long-term strategy of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
Traction in developing LNG bunkering infrastructure has consequently expanded with several leading ports and LNG bunker suppliers alike having established key initiatives and made significant progress in support of these developments. LNG is a marine fuel that also lays the foundation for the introduction of greener bio LNG in the future.
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