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Monday, November 16, 2020 

The largest containership powered by LNG, the 'CMA CGM Jacques Saade', has completed its first LNG bunkering with Totals LNG bunker vessel, 'Gas Agility', in the Port of Rotterdam.

The 23,000 TEU containership received around 17,300 m3 of LNG, making it the largest LNG bunkering operation to ever take place. The bunkering was performed at the Rotterdam World Gateway terminal by ship-to-ship transfer, while the CMA CGM Jacques Saade carried out cargo operations. The supply of LNG was provided by Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, Total’s dedicated business unit in charge of worldwide bunkering activities. Refuelling took approximately 24 hours to complete.

The carbon footprint of the LNG delivered was further reduced with the introduction of biomethane for about 13% of the quantity delivered, through the Guarantee of Origin (GO) certificates mechanism. The biomethane is produced in the Schiphol area in the Netherlands, mainly by organic municipal waste.

Total says that development of bio and synthetic LNG will further drive forward LNG as a viable pathway to support the IMO strategy on reducing GHG emissions from international shipping.

“The success of the first LNG bunkering of our flagship in Rotterdam is the culmination of seven years of research and development by experts from CMA CGM Group and its partners. We are very pleased to have chosen Total for the gas supply of this major industrial project" said Christine Cabau, EVP CMA CGM Group's industrial assets. "This operation marks the structuring of a chain of excellence for LNG used as a fuel for maritime transport. It is a new step towards accelerating the energy transition in maritime transport and logistics”.

“We are really proud of this landmark achievement, which is the culmination of a 3-year close collaboration between Total and CMA CGM,” said Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, VP Marine Fuels, Total. “It also 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 and our commitment to help reduce the carbon intensity of the energy products used by our customers.”

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