Gas Vitality wraps up its first loading operation at Fos Cavaou LNG terminal

Gas Vitality wraps up its first loading operation at Fos Cavaou LNG terminal

France’s first LNG bunker vessel Gas Vitality has completed its maiden loading operation at Fos Cavaou LNG terminal, kicking off the new small-scale LNG loading service there.

French LNG terminal operator Elengy is now offering 50 loading slots annually for loading small-scale LNG vessels at Fos Cavaou. Specifically, these vessels have a capacity of up to 40,000 cubic metres.

Then, these LNG vessels will supply LNG-powered container ships, ferries and cruise ships.

Due to its location, the terminal in Marseille will also become the source of bunkering supply of surrounding ports in the western Mediterranean.

The 18,000 cbm newbuild vessel Gas Vitality is TotalEnergies’ second collaboration with Japanese shipowner MOL and Chinese shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding.

The ship has a Bureau Veritas class and is operated by V Ships France. It is now located at the Port of Marseille-Fos and performs LNG bunkering services to LNG-fuelled containerships and cruise ships.

Using LNG as a maritime fuel will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by a quarter. It will also reduce NOx emissions by 90 percent and SOx and particulate emissions by almost 100 percent.

Furthermore, this service is to sustain the Marseille Fos Port strategy to be “a green port serving the blue economy”.

Elengy also said it is also developing its services to increase the use of LNG and offer a carbon-neutral service by 2050.

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20th December 2021