Total charters four LNG-fuelled Aframaxes

Total has announced that it will be chartering four LNG-fuelled Aframax-type vessels from Hafnia and Viken Shipping.

In a statement issued today (28 October), Total said that each of the vessels will have a capacity for 110,000 tons of crude oil or refined products and will be delivered in 2023. The first two vessels will be chartered from shipowner Hafnia, and the remaining two from Viken.

Total’s bunkering arm, Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, will supply the LNG for the ships.

Luc Gillet, Senior Vice President Shipping at Total, commented: ‘This chartering contract is in line with our Climate Ambition and will contribute to our Net Zero carbon neutrality target by 2050 or before. This contract follows a similar one, signed earlier this year, for two LNG-powered VLCC (Very Large Crude Carriers), to be delivered in 2022.

‘LNG as a Marine Fuel remains the best and immediately available solution to reduce the carbon footprint of our shipping activities. With these four new vessels, we reaffirm our commitment to expand the use of cleaner marine fuels, for a more sustainable shipping.’

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor