Energy major Total and shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) have inaugurated the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel, the Gas Agility.
The giant refuelling ship began operations this month with a record ship-to-ship transfer when it bunkered the world’s largest LNG container ship the Jacques Saade at the Port of Rotterdam. Fuel was supplied by Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) and included a blend of bioLNG.
“We are really proud of this landmark achievement… It 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,” Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, Managing Director of TMFGS, said.
The Gas Agility is owned by Emerald Green Maritime, a wholly owned subsidiary of MOL and is chartered by TMFGS.
GTT Mark III Flex membrane
The pioneering vessel features an 18,600-cubic-metre capacity GTT Mark III Flex membrane storage system and integrates complete re-liquefaction of the boil-off gas.
“Gas Agility is a clear demonstration of our ongoing drive to develop key logistical LNG infrastructures in the main bunkering hubs around the world, helping the shipping industry make the move to a more sustainable fuel solution,” Leprince-Ringuet added.
The original time charter agreement was signed by parties in 2018 with construction commencing at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s yard the same year.
Second LNG bunker vessel due 2021
In December last year, TMFGS and MOL signed a long-term charter contract for a second large LNG bunker vessel, which is now set be delivered in 2021. The new vessel will be positioned in the Marseille-Fos area in France to supply LNG as a marine fuel within the Mediterranean area.
“I am very confident that our endeavour will be the great milestone and the turning point in this rapidly changing world. The transition from heavy fuel oil to LNG is competitive, environmentally efficient and an immediately available solution for maritime transportation. By providing the capacity to deliver LNG as a marine fuel, this partnership will be the leader in transition to a more fuel-efficient industry,” Takeshi Hashimoto, Executive Vice President of MOL, said.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, MOL is one of the largest shipping lines in the world. French multinational integrated oil and gas company Total is considered one of the seven "Supermajor" oil companies in the world.