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Total to supply LNG to CMA CGM’s future containerships in Marseille

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Total has announced that it has signed an agreement with CMA CGM for the supply of approximately 270 000 tpy of LNG for CMA CGM’s future containerships in Marseille over a period of 10 years.

According to the statement, these 15 000 TEU containerships will operate between Asia and the Mediterranean, and are scheduled for delivery from 2021.

CMA CGM has chosen to retain Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions – Total’s business unit dedicated to worldwide bunkering activities.

As part of this agreement, Total claims that it will provide a suitable solution for the bunkering of these containerships with the positioning of an LNG bunker vessel at the port of Marseille-Fos, as well as a complementary bunkering solution in Singapore. These new supply chains will further expand the use of LNG as a marine fuel, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea.

Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, said: “LNG is the only energy currently available and reliable to significantly reduce our carbon footprint. The choice of LNG to power our ships requires the complete adaptation of the entire energy supply chain and infrastructure. By choosing Marseille-Fos as a refuelling port for our 15 000 TEU vessels, from the end of 2021, we are bringing the French container ports into this major energy transition.”

Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of Total, added: “The development of LNG as a marine fuel is at the heart of our LNG strategy. This new contract with CMA CGM results in the launch of a dedicated supply chain in the port of Marseille-Fos. Total is committed to working with its customers to offer them more environmentally friendly marine fuels and thus contributes positively to the sustainable evolution of maritime transport, particularly in the Mediterranean basin.”

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