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Friday, September 25, 2020 

What is considered to be the largest yet LNG bunker vessel, 'Gas Agility' has been officially named in Rotterdam by owner Emerald Green Maritime, a subsidiary of Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) of Japan and charterer Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS).

The 18,600-m³ vessel features GTT Mark III Flex membrane gas tanks and was built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China. Meeting the highest technical and environmental standards, the ship uses LNG as propulsion fuel, using complete re-liquefaction of the boil-off gas.

TMFGS MD Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet said: “We are delighted to have officially named Gas Agility as she embarks on a new chapter in delivering cleaner marine fuels. Her arrival in Rotterdam marks the culmination of three years of dedicated work with MOL and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in Shanghai, to plan, build and create a major development in global marine LNG fuel supply. 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.”

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the people who have been involved in the project. 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,” said Takeshi Hashimoto, Representative Director and EVP, MOL.

Meanwhile, TMFGS and MOL have signed a further long-term charter for a second large LNG bunker vessel, to be delivered in 2021, to be positioned in the Marseille-Fos area in France to supply LNG as a marine fuel within the Mediterranean area.

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