Owned by MOL and chartered by Total, the 18,600 cbm-capacity vessel was named Gas Agility at a ceremony in Rotterdam today (18 September).
In February 2018, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Total signed the Time Charter Party for the LNG bunkering vessel. The vessel will be owned by Emerald Green Maritime Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of MOL, and chartered by Total’s affiliate Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS).
Construction of the LNG bunker vessel started in China in November 2018 at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s yard.
Delivered in April 2020, TMFGS say Gas Agility meets the highest technical and environmental standards, itself using LNG as propulsion fuel, and integrating a complete re-liquefaction of the boil-off gas.
Commenting on the naming of the LNG bunker vessel, Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, Managing Director of Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, said the arrival of Gas Agility in Rotterdam marked the culmination of three years of dedicated work with MOL and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in Shanghai, to plan, build and create a major development in global marine LNG fuel supply.
Leprince-Ringuet said: ‘Gas Agility is a clear demonstration of our ongoing drive to develop key logistical LNG infrastructures in the main bunkering hubs around the world, helping the shipping industry make the move to a more sustainable fuel solution.’
Takeshi Hashimoto, Executive Vice President of MOL, said he was confident the vessel would be the ‘great milestone and the turning point in this rapidly changing world.’
Hashimoto said: ‘The transition from heavy fuel oil to LNG is competitive, environmentally efficient and an immediately available solution for maritime transportation. By providing the capacity to deliver LNG as a marine fuel, this partnership will be the leader in transition to a more fuel-efficient industry.’
In December 2019, TMFGS and MOL signed a long-term charter contract for a second large LNG bunker vessel, to be delivered in 2021. The vessel will be positioned in the Marseille-Fos area in France to supply LNG as a marine fuel within the Mediterranean area.