Energy specialist TotalEnergies and shipping company CMA CGM has advanced shipping’s energy transition with the Port of Marseille Fos’ first ship-to-containership liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation.

TotalEnergies’ Gas Vitality, the first LNG bunker vessel based in France, refuelled the 15,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) LNG-powered CMA CGM BALI containership with around 6,000m3 of LNG while CMA CGM BALI carried out cargo operations. 

Commenting on the operation, Jerome Leprince-Ringuet, Vice-President Marine Fuels, TotalEnergies, said, “This landmark operation also demonstrates our continued support to the growing role of LNG in shipping’s energy transition.” 

“In line with TotalEnergies’ climate ambition, we will continue to work hand-in-hand with our industry partners to develop and scale up new, lower-carbon and ultimately, zero-carbon fuel solutions for shipping.” 

Gas Vitality is TotalEnergies second-chartered LNG bunker vessel, with its first, the 18,600m3 Gas Agility owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL) having been operating at the Port of Rotterdam since November 2020. 

The 135m Gas Vitality is capable of loading and bunkering at a rate of 2000m3/hr and comes fitted with technology that allows for onboard re-liquefaction of the boil-off gas, which is used for propulsion and on-board power generation.