World’s largest LNG bunkering vessel conducts first op in Rotterdam

The 18,600-cbm LNG bunkering newbuild Gas Agility has completed its first operation in Rotterdam after arriving off the Dutch port more than two months ago.

Owned by Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, the world’s largest LNG bunkering vessel serves a long-term charter contract with France-based energy giant Total.

The Gas Agility conducted its first-ever LNG bunkering operation on November 5 delivering the fuel to the CMA CGM-chartered 15,000 TEU box ship Tenere.

During the bunkering operation, the LNG-powered Tenere received 10,600 cbm of the fuel, according to the UK-based marine services and logistics firm Inchape Shipping Services.

To remind, South Korea’s Hyundai Samho delivered the Tenere to Singapore’s Eastern Pacific Shipping in September.

This is the first of six LNG-powered neo-Panamax containerships that will go on charter to the French shipping group CMA CGM.

On the other side, CMA CGM has nine even bigger LNG-powered vessels on order at China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s Hudong-Zhonghua and Jiangnan Shipyard.

Gas Agility will fuel all of these 23,000 TEU newbuilds from its base in Rotterdam.

Furthermore, CMA CGM has already taken delivery of two of these LNG-powered giants and the flagship Jacques Saade will soon arrive in Rotterdam.

The vessel is on its maiden voyage on the CMA CGM French Asia Line, comprising 13 calls over the course of 84 days.

Following its visit at UK’s Southampton on November 4, the vessel will stop at Germany’s Hamburg and then depart to Rotterdam.

The Jacques Saade should arrive in the Dutch port on November 12.

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