On Monday 4 May, the Port of Marseille Fos, Shell as well as Carnival accomplished the very first “ship-to-ship” LNG bunkering procedure in France on the Costa Smeralda.
One of the globe’s very first LNG-powered cruise liner, the COSTA SMERALDA, run by COSTA of the Carnival Group as well as berthed in the Port of Marseille Fos, needed an LNG shipment. COVERING, under agreement with Carnival, is providing the LNG with among their shelter vessels. This vessel was utilized for the very first LNG bunkering procedure in France, which was finished on Monday, 4 May 2020, at around 5:00 pm.
Ship to deliver bunkering: an effective procedure In a manoeuvre accomplished with excellent accuracy as well as level of smoothness the REEFS METHANE placed itself in accordance with the COSTA SMERALDA’s shelter terminal. Once the ship was made quick, the transfer of the filling hose pipe by the ship’s crane can start, complied with by the installment of numerous tools to enable LNG to be moved in total safety and security.
Refuelling proceeded over night as well as the REEFS METHANE left on 05 May at 04:00. This procedure was accomplished in excellent sychronisation in between the ship solutions of the Port of Marseille Fos (hunt, flying, towing, mooring), the team of the COSTA SMERALDA, the COVERING groups as well as the team of the REEFS METHANE run by the Dutch shipowner ANTHONY VEDER, as well as with the encouraging existence of the maritime sources of the Marseille fire-fighters that are very closely checking this growth in intermediary with the groups of the Harbour Master’s Office at the Port of Marseille Fos.
“We are all proud to have been able to complete this operation smoothly and safely. It has required studies, instructions and procedures to be agreed with the various players, and in line with European and global standards. This is a first in France and proves to what extent, even during the current health crisis, we are capable of supporting the development of LNG, which is one of the measures deployed by the Port of Marseille Fos to reduce its environmental impact,” claims Amaury de Maupeou, the Marseille Fos Port Authority Commander.
“We’re pleased that even in these challenging times for the industry, Shell is able to play a small role in helping to ensure continuity of LNG supply to our customers. We’re glad that we have been able to work efficiently with the Port of Marseille and Carnival,” Tahir Faruqui, General Manager, Shell Global Downstream LNG, stated. “Carnival are one of a growing number of organisations adopting LNG – the most affordable alternative to traditional marine fuels available today”.
“We are happy that our new LNG powered flagship Costa Smeralda was part of this new milestone for the Port of Marseille in partnership with Shell” stated Franco Porcellacchia, Sustainable Innovation as well as Infrastructure Development Vice President Costa Group “Carnival and Costa specifically have been the first cruise operator to invest in sustainable innovation with LNG and continue to be committed to ensuring the highest environmental standards for a more sustainable future of cruising.”
MARSEILLE FOS, a modern port for melted gas refuelling The Port of Marseille Fos puts ecological quality at the heart of its method. It is preparing to come to be the Mediterranean center for melted gas (LNG). Refuelling with melted gas (LNG) is among the front runner remedies for restricting the influence of discharges from ships. Compared with present aquatic gas, it gets rid of nearly all sulphur (SOx) as well as particle discharges, decreases nitrogen oxide (NOx) discharges by greater than 80% as well as co2 (CARBON DIOXIDE) discharges by as much as 25%.
Reference: marseille-port. fr