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Total signs LNG shipping fuel agreement
Total and CMA CGM have signed an agreement for the supply of approximately 270,000 t/y of LNG over 10 years. This volume will cover the supply at Marseille-Fos, France, of CMA CGM’s future 15,000-TEU container ships that will operate between Asia and the Mediterranean, that are scheduled for delivery starting in 2021.
As part of the agreement, Total will provide a suitable solution for the bunkering of the containerships with the positioning of a LNG bunker vessel at the port of Marseille-Fos and a complementary bunkering solution in Singapore. These new supply chains will further expand the use of LNG as a marine fuel, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea.
LNG fuel can help significantly reduce the environmental footprint of maritime transport. Compared to ships currently powered by fuel oil, its use results in a reduction of 99% of sulphur oxide emissions, 99% of fine particles emissions, up to 85% of nitrogen oxide emissions, and about 20% of greenhouse gas emissions, reports Total.
Furthermore, the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), which measures a ship's environmental footprint, improves by 20% compared to a conventional vessel. The result is a reduced carbon footprint and improved air quality, especially for people living near the coast and in port cities, states the company.