Green light for LNG at Marseille Fos

Port of Marseille Fos An LNG working group at the Port of Marseille Fos has said that an LNG bunkering solution is feasible. Credit: Port of Marseille Fos

An LNG working group at the Port of Marseille Fos has confirmed the feasibility of an onsite operational LNG bunkering solution including truck and vessel refuelling options to help all calling vessels cut emissions.

Fosmax LNG is investing in the port’s Fos Cavaou terminal to adapt it to receive small LNG carriers. This service will be available in the summer of 2019 with 50 annual slots, said the port. Elengy is studying the extension of the Fos Tonkin Terminal activity focusing on loading small LNG carriers, with the provision of 100 annual slots from 2021.

“The Port of Marseille Fos welcomes the results of the working group and its participants’ involvement in a shared industrial vision to promote LNG as marine fuel. The work will result in the establishment of a complete and sustainable economic sector leading to concrete measures to reduce the emissions of all traffic,” said the port.

The group’s master plan consists of the rapid development of truck refuelling logistics that would initially to serve ferries and continue to be an option should refuelling vessels be unavailable; and putting one or more refuelling vessels in place that would be suitable for cruise ships and ferries as well as container ships.

Set up by the Port of Marseille Fos at the end of 2017, the group brought together shipowners that had expressed an interest in LNG from Marseille/Fos; the managers of Elengy and Fosmax LNG, the two LNG terminals based in Fos; Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions; and the LNG marine and fluvial platform.

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