The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé containership has finished its first LNG bunkering operation with Total’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel, Gas Agility, at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The 23,000 twenty-foot-equivalent (TEU) containership received approximately 17,300m³ of LNG on 13 November.

Through a ship-to-ship transfer, Gas Agility performed the bunkering operation, which took approximately 24 hours, at the Rotterdam World Gateway terminal.

Simultaneously, CMA CGM Jacques Saadé, which is the world’s largest containership powered by LNG, carried out its cargo operations.

Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions, Total’s business unit responsible for worldwide bunkering activities, was the supplier of the LNG.

With the introduction of biomethane for nearly 13% of the quantity delivered, the carbon footprint of the LNG delivered was further reduced.

Biomethane is produced mainly by the organic municipal waste in Schipol area of the Netherlands.

An LNG-powered vessel emits up to 20% less CO₂ than traditional fuel-powered systems. LNG enables to remove major air pollutants such as sulphur oxide emissions by 99%, nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 85%, and other fine particles emissions by 99%.

The development of bio and synthetic LNG will help to boost LNG as a feasible pathway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.

Total Marine Fuels vice-president Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet said: “We are really proud of this landmark achievement, which is the culmination of a three-year close collaboration between Total and CMA CGM.

“It also marks the shipping industry’s first commercial use of biomethane on this scale. Such introduction reflects Total’s ambition to get to Net Zero by 2050 and our commitment to helping reduce the carbon intensity of the energy products used by our customers.”

CMA CGM group industrial assets executive vice-president Christine Cabau said: “CMA CGM has chosen Total as part of a major industrial partnership to supply them with gas, thereby making CMA CGM the initiator in structuring a genuine LNG field of excellence in maritime transport.

“The pioneering choice of LNG we announced in 2017 is a step forward to achieve our objective of being carbon neutral by 2050 and to accelerate the energy transition in transport and logistics.”