The EU Green Loop

Successful support of a European funded project for the provision of LNG as a maritime fuel

In order to establish liquified natural gas (LNG) as an alternative fuel in the European maritime sector an experienced project consortium of a French LNG terminal operator, two shipping companies and a mineral oil company have come together to achieve this goal.

In the framework of this project the project partners want to build the necessary scaled-up port-side infrastructure and put a bunker barge into operation to cover the LNG demand for Ultra Large Container Vessels on their round trip from Europe to the Far East. In addition, all LNG relevant procedures and safety regulations for the execution of bunkering operations of LNG during the loading and unloading operations will be developed.

Wilhelm Borchert has raised EUR 11 million in funding for investments and activities from the European Union for the implementation of this project. The project will be funded under the 2017 CEF Transport Blending multiannual program call.

For the project consortium Wilhelm Borchert has created the application for funding and is currently supporting the consortium in the implementation of the project and compliance with all funding-relevant tasks.

UPDATE: April 30th, 2021 – the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel GAS AGILITY, owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) & chartered by Total Marine Fuels Global Solution (Total), realised the first ship-to-containership Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation in France when refueling the world’s largest containership CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE powered by LNG. The LNG originated from the LNG terminal, modified for small-scale operations, at the Port of Dunkerque. It also marked the terminal’s first loading of a small-scale LNG vessel.

With the successful loading and following LNG bunkering operation the project consortium, constituted of MOL, CMA CGM, Total and Dunkerque LNG SAS, achieved two major milestones for the CEF-T Blending Action’s implementation.

Congratulations to the consortium & achievements!

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