Total and CMA CGM have signed an agreement for approximately 270,000 tonnes per year of LNG to be supplied over 10 years
This volume will cover the supply at Marseille-Fos of CMA CGM’s 15,000-TEU container ships that will operate between Asia and the Mediterranean, scheduled for delivery starting in 2021.
CMA CGM has chosen to retain Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, Total’s business unit dedicated to worldwide bunkering activities. As part of this agreement, Total will provide a suitable solution for bunkering these container ships with an LNG bunker vessel at Marseille-Fos and a complementary bunkering solution in Singapore. These new supply chains will further expand the use of LNG as a marine fuel, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea, said CMA CGM.
CMA CGM Group chairman and chief executive Rodolphe Saadé said “Liquefied natural gas is the only energy currently available and reliable to significantly reduce our carbon footprint. The choice of LNG to power our ships requires the complete adaptation of the entire energy supply chain and infrastructure. By choosing Marseille-Fos as a refuelling port for our 15,000-TEU vessels, from the end of 2021, we are bringing French container ports into this major energy transition.”
Total chief executive Patrick Pouyanné said "The development of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel is at the heart of our LNG strategy. This new contract with CMA CGM results in the launch of a dedicated supply chain in the port of Marseille-Fos. Total is committed to working with its customers to offer them more environmentally friendly marine fuels and this contributes positively to the sustainable evolution of maritime transport, particularly in the Mediterranean basin."