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Thursday, December 2, 2021 

The CMA CGM Group and Shell have performed the first Bio-LNG bunkering trial in Rotterdam, on the ‘Containerships Aurora’, a 1,400 TEU LNG-powered vessel, which was bunkered by Shell with some 219t of near-10% blend of low carbon Bio-LNG while calling at Rotterdam.

The operation was performed by the barge LNG London at the Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals [RST]. The operation was successfully conducted by means of a ship-to-ship transfer while the Containerships Aurora carried out cargo operations simultaneously, ensuring schedule integrity.

Shell’s Bio-LNG offering, combined with the dual-fuel gas engine technology developed by CMA CGM, has the potential to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions (including CO2) by at least 67 % well-to-wake compared to VLSFO. Produced from agricultural and industrial food waste, Bio-LNG has demonstrated the future potential of the Bio-LNG supply chain. Results from the trial will give the maritime sector a demonstration into the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of Bio-LNG.

The CMA CGM Group’s dual-fuel gas vessels, which operate today with LNG and biomethane, already have the technical capability of using e-methane (instead of LNG), as a carbon-neutral fuel. This e-methane ready fleet consists of 20 vessels already in service and a total of 44 vessels by the end of 2024.

CMA CGM has given its support to the production of 25,000t of biomethane (equivalent to a year’s fuel consumption of four 1,400 TEU LNG-powered ships), which in turn supports Shell to develop production capacity to further accelerate the availability to a wider market.

Tahir Faruqui, GM Shell Global Downstream LNG said: “Shell believes LNG is the first integral step to decarbonise the Shipping sector. LNG offers immediate emissions reduction and has the potential to become a net zero emission marine fuel given the possible roles of Bio-LNG and synthetic LNG. We look forward to assessing how the supply chain might be scaled to enable LNG to become a viable carbon neutral marine fuel.”

Farid Trad, VP CMA CGM Group, Energy transition and Bunkering, said: “CMA CGM believes LNG is one of the first steps towards achieving our target to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. LNG-powered vessels enable to reach, as of today, step two of this process which is the use of Bio-LNG. The Group is heavily investing in research and development alongside its industrial partners to identify the energy sources of the future with the aim of achieving total decarbonation and help have a positive impact on our customers’ carbon footprint and helping to protect the environment.”

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