Marseille, France, is set to emerge as a major LNG bunkering center. Yesterday, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Marseille-headquartered CMA CGM Group, said that it had chosen the port of Marseille-Fos for the bunkering of its future LNG-fueled 15,000-TEU containerships that will operate between Asia and the Mediterranean from 2021.
CMA CGM’s nine newbuild 22,000 TEU containerships will be supplied with 300,000 tons of LNG a year supplied by Total using its first newbuild LNG bunkering vessel. To delivered in 2020, it will operate in Northern Europe under a long term charter agreement between Total and Mitsui O.S.K Lines.
Today, Total and (MOL) reported that they have signed a long-term charter contract for a second 18,600 cu.m LNG bunker vessel. To be delivered in 2021 it will be positioned in the Marseille-Fos area.
It will be operated under French flag by MOL, jointly with Marseille-based Gazocean
Like the first vessel, it will be have a capacity of 18,600 cu.m and will be built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding at its shipyard near Shanghai,